Here at HorseSisters & Associates, Inc., we are proud supporters of the Special Olympics Florida Equestrian Events. We believe that the bond formed between a rider and their equine counterpart revitalizes body, mind, and soul. We are happy to provide a location central to the Space Coast where handicapped riders can train, qualify and travel to compete in the Special Olympics. We are so proud of our Special Olympians for 2010, Karen McVicker and Gale Johns, as well as our volunteers and coaches!
The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs.
Once ignored and neglected, hidden at home, or isolated from the community in institutions, people with intellectual disabilities have gained respect and acceptance through Special Olympics. To every athlete involved, the program provides a lifetime of active participation in sports and an opportunity to become contributing and accepted members of society. To their families, it is a symbol of hope. To volunteers and to the public, Special Olympics offers an experience that uplifts the spirit and touches the heart.
A person's participation in Special Olympics has been scientifically proven to have a variety of beneficial outcomes, including improved self-esteem and overall health, better relationships with family members, and a greater ability to become productive members of the community.
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