Healthy Athletes Resources

The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities.


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Healthy Athletes’ influence is evident with more than 136,000 healthcare professionals trained, free health examinations provided to more than 1.6 million athletes, and 100,000 free pairs of eyeglasses given to athletes. Healthy Athletes continues to grow each year with help from a global network of volunteers, in-kind donations and other financial support. Healthy Athletes is part of Special Olympics' global health program.

For more information, contact Lynn Erickson, (lerickson@specialolympics.org), Department Administrator and Program Manger, Health.


Healthy Athletes News and Stories


April 19, 2016 | North America: North Carolina

Wednesday is "Moving Day" for Watauga County Athlete

By Megan O'Donnell

Shannon Quinlan proudly wears her red Healthy Athletes Challenge T-shirt each Wednesday.

Each Wednesday morning for the past six months, Special Olympics Watauga County athlete Shannon Quinlan has proudly donned her freshly washed, red Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Challenge T-shirt.View Story Each Wednesday morning for the past six months, Special Olympics Watauga County athlete Shannon Quinlan has proudly donned her freshly washed, red Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Challenge T-shirt. Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for this 22 year-old who has been participating in the Special Olympics exercise and nutrition program, funded by NC GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope grant. “She’s a sport,” says Shannon’s mother Mary Jo Quinlan. “We walk four laps together at the mall in the morning then she goes to work, a couple hours later she heads to Zumba class. Shannon then heads back to work then has track practice after lunch, more work then she heads to bowling practice. Finally I see her at yoga in the evenings.”

About Megan O'Donnell:Love telling stories about Special Olympics athletes! Am so impressed with Shannon's dedication to living a healthy lifestyle! Thank you NC GlaxoSmithKline for helping us get athletes moving!
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April 07, 2016 | SOI General: Headquarters

Special Olympics Calls for Action on World Health Day

By Dr. Matthew Holder

As people across the globe recognize World Health Day today, Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, begins expanded health programming for people with intellectual disabilities. This population lacks access to adequate healthcare and faces significant health disparities.View Story As people across the globe recognize World Health Day today, Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, begins expanded health programming for people with intellectual disabilities. This population lacks access to adequate healthcare and faces significant health disparities. The need for this work in building inclusive communities is great and evidenced across societies. Read this powerful blog authored by Dr. Matthew Holder that calls for action on behalf of a young girl named Lily who needs a transplant. Doctors believe that Lily will have an intellectual or developmental disability when she grows up and because of this, she is not on the transplant list. Learn more and show your support for Lily.

About Dr. Matthew Holder:In addition to his roles at Global Medical Advisor for Special Olympics and Global Clinical Advisor for the MedFest discipline of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, Dr. Matthew Holder, MD, MBA, is the CEO of the Lee Specialty Clinic and President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.
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April 06, 2016 | North America: Michigan

After years of wearing children's shoes, athlete receives new shoes thanks to Fit Feet program

By Stephanie Ralls

Staci White smiles while waiting to be fitted for her new pair of shoes.

Staci "Bulldog" White, a Special Olympics Michigan athlete loves to play basketball just as much as she loves getting new shoes. But unfortunately for Staci, finding shoes that are comfortable and fit her right is hard.View Story Staci "Bulldog" White, a Special Olympics Michigan athlete from Area 11 loves to play basketball just as much as she loves getting new shoes. But unfortunately for Staci, shoes that are comfortable and fit her right are hard to find. At age 41, Staci wears a children's size shoe. She is often found showing off her favorite pair of light-up Stride Rites with Disney's Olaf on them. Staci has been playing basketball for Special Olympics for 20 years. She currently plays for one of the few all-female teams. According to Staci "It's so cool having all girls and beating the boys team." Staci and her team, the Jaguars, competed at this years State Basketball Finals held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. While at the event Staci was able to get fitted for a pair of shoes that fit her thanks to the Fit Feet program, which was sponsored by Wolverine Worldwide. These shoes will help Staci continue to play the game she loves while helping keep her steps happy and healthy.

About Stephanie Ralls:Stephanie Ralls is a Marketing and Communications intern at Special Olympics Michigan.
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