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  • What's The Difference?

  • Special Olympics 50th Anniversary

    From a sparsely filled stadium in Chicago, USA, to a worldwide movement of millions. Since 1968, our athletes have challenged perceptions while opening hearts & minds along the way! This July, we will celebrate it all!

  • Who We Are

    A global sport and social movement that touches and changes the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through the transformative power of sports.

  • What We Do

    Special Olympics Singapore is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

  • About Intellectual Disability

    Intellectual disabilities (ID) is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.

Upcoming Events in Singapore

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13th, 14th & 15th September 2019; Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Coaching Athletes with Autism
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TBA
31st August 2019, Saturday
SOSG Flag Day 2019
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Bishan, Bugis, Jurong East & Tampines MRT Stations
24th & 25th August 2019; Saturday & Sunday
Play Inclusive 2019
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Singapore Sports Hub OCBC Arena

News and Stories from Singapore

27 July 2019

Asian Football Week - Fiesta and Divisioning Matches

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If one were to list a range of topics which would connect him to a stranger, it would likely revolve around commonalities such as food, love, the weather… maybe even Football. The power of the game lies in its ability to build solidarity and formulate a collective identity, joining everyone under its umbrella regardless of any differences.

The inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific (SOAP) Asian Football Week sought to leverage on this love for Football, transcending differences between individuals in aspects like nationality, ethnicity, and intellectual abilities.

Riding on the ongoing Football Fever after the International Champions Cup matches held the preceding Saturday, a Football Carnival with Chelsea Football Club and Divisioning matches were held at United World College (Tampines) on the 27th of July 2019. Involving volunteers from FWD Singapore, the Divisioning matches were a lead up to the upcoming Play Inclusive competition in August. Athletes and their Unified Partners competed alongside each other, bearing a testimony that sports (and Football) has the potentiality to transcend dissimilarities between individuals with and without disabilities.


Concurrently, the Football Carnival run by Chelsea Football Club had athletes running around completing stations such as dribbling and shooting. Shouts of encouragement could be heard across the field, reflecting the heartening and uplifting environment that existed despite the scorching weather and sun. The Carnival even featured a special performance by the international Freestyle Football Crew EXPY, who performed some tricks and stunts to the excitement of the athletes and volunteers.

Other notable events that occurred during the Asian Football Week included the second phase of the Asian Football Confederation C-License course, an internationally recognized coaching credential and a significant milestone in the developmental journey of any soccer coach. Our Special Olympics Singapore staff, Lim Seng Poh, was a recipient of this coaching credential. This certification would greatly enable him (and all the other participants receiving the award) in ensuring that athletes with intellectual disabilities receive the quality training that they deserve.

Every step towards dispelling stereotypes and unfavourable perspectives regarding individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community matters. The SOAP Asian Football Week culminated with a strong reminder of hope that the banner of Football and sport is indeed capable of uniting and changing the lives of players from all walks of life.  On and off the field, intellectual disabilities no longer differentiate and segregate individuals.

Here, Football connects. Football includes. Football equalises.
 

Article written by: Victoria Chow
If one were to list a range of topics which would connect him to a stranger, it would likely revolve around commonalities such as food, love, the weather… maybe even Football. The power of the game lies in its ability to build solidarity and ...
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20 July 2019

Champions Meet Here - Football Clinics with the Legends

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Special Olympics Singapore kicked off the Asian Football Week (20th to 27th July) with a Football Clinic for athletes with intellectual disabilities and their unified partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities) at Bendemeer Secondary School.

As part of the Legacy Project, an initiative by the International Champions Cup (ICC) to support underserved communities in the cities where a match is held and to leave behind a legacy, our athletes had the opportunity to train alongside a star cast of Football Legends such as Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin from Manchester United; Julio Cesar from Inter Milan; Ledley King from Tottenham Hotspur; and David Trezeguet from Juventus. The project was done in conjunction with the ICC matches that were held from the 20th to 21st of July at the Sports Hub Singapore, as well as in celebration of Special Olympics’ Global Day of Inclusion.

Former Inter Milan Goalkeeper Julio Cesar saw a nervous athlete struggling to wear his Goalkeeper gloves and immediately took the time to help him. “Don’t be nervous,” assured Cesar, before proceeding to impart some Goalkeeping tips and tricks with the athlete. It was truly heartening to see athletes and the club legends coming together and completing drills alongside each other regardless of age, nationalities or intellectual differences. As mentioned by the Goalkeeper (who is considered to be one of Brazil’s greatest), “It was a beautiful opportunity for us former Footballers to participate in the Legacy Project because Football grows you as a person. Inter gave me the opportunity to come here today to meet these athletes and I’m very happy.”

Gaining a chance to watch the Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus match on the 21st of July and even attaining autographed memorabilia, athletes left with fond recollections and reminders of their weekend. The power of sports, particularly Football, lies in its ability to unite people from all walks of life. This is exactly what makes it great in grooming our athletes to be the champions of tomorrow. Like what the ICC slogan endeavoured to achieve, champions truly did meet here after all.
   

Article written by: Victoria Chow  
Special Olympics Singapore kicked off the Asian Football Week (20th to 27th July) with a Football Clinic for athletes with intellectual disabilities and their unified partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities) at Bendemeer Secondary ...
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27 June 2019

Athlete Leaders Workshop

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Remember the first time you took on a leadership role, or the first time you were asked to give a speech? It was probably daunting, but the exposure you received was likely rewarding.

Do you believe that individuals with intellectual disabilities have the capacity to helm leadership positions, and in that manner, reap the same learning experiences?

Under the FWD Insurance Fund, our Athlete Leadership Programme (ALPs) recognizes the leadership capabilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities and grooms them into advocates of Special Olympics and ambassadors for their fellow athletes. Athlete Leaders embark on a training programme which hones their communication, social and management skills. This challenges them to raise awareness of their unseen potential (something that remains largely invisible to the public) and lend their voices for the movement.

As part of a special edition of our ALPs Public Speaking Workshop held at Rainbow Centre, Special Olympics Singapore collaborated with the World Wrestling Entertainment Incorporated (WWE), an American integrated media and entertainment company known widely for professional wrestling and for raising established names like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Our Athlete Leaders had the chance to interact with two WWE stars, Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman, who took the time to join our athletes for the workshop. They even had the opportunity to watch the two stars in action during their respective matches that very evening!

With topics ranging from emotional expression to creative interpretation, Athlete Leaders and the stars were actively involved in the activities, and there was no shortage of laughter throughout the lesson. But who says that the learning was simply confined to the classroom? Our Athlete Leaders also had the opportunity to implement their learning when they were tasked to teach Bocce to the two WWE stars. Demonstrating coherence in their explanation, expertise in the sport, and even patience when the stars asked questions regarding the game rules, Athlete Leaders showed confidence and performed outstandingly at the game of Bocce.

“Its athletes like you that inspire us to keep moving. You gave us wisdom and I just want to thank you guys.” The parting words of the 1.92m towering Strowman to the group resonates strongly with us. We believe that through empowerment, each and every one of our Athlete Leaders can be an advocate of change. As many of our Athlete Leaders progress to become emcees and hosts for our events, ALPs provides a confidence-building platform for athletes to attain holistic growth and generate hope for the future. It is in this group of individuals that we hold much faith in, and we are convicted that they will indeed succeed when they set their hearts and minds to the task.

The revolution for inclusivity has arrived. Special Olympics Singapore seeks to inspire communities worldwide to celebrate our shared humanity regardless of background or intellectual disability. Join us in mentoring our Athlete Leaders and spearhead positive transformation in our society!

Article written by: Victoria Chow
Remember the first time you took on a leadership role, or the first time you were asked to give a speech? It was probably daunting, but the exposure you received was likely rewarding.

Do you believe that individuals with intellectual ...
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