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 120,000 healthcare professionals trained, free health screenings provided to nearly 1.4 million athletes, and 90,000 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.

For more information, contact Lynn Erickson (lerickson@specialolympics.org), Manager, Health Communications.


Healthy Athletes News and Stories


May 14, 2015 | Africa: Kenya

Catholic Relief Services Awards Grant to Kenya

By Annemarie Hill

Global partner Catholic Relief Services has recently awarded Special Olympics Kenya a grant to support early childhood development for children with intellectual disabilities. The grant will afford Community Health Workers a chance to be trained on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program.View Story Global partner Catholic Relief Services has recently awarded Special Olympics Kenya a grant to support early childhood development for children with intellectual disabilities (ID). The grant will afford Community Health Workers a chance to be trained on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program. which is for youngsters 2 to 7 years old. The community health workers will be provided courses on the importance of play, motor activities etc. for this population. The project commits Special Olympics Kenya to engaging 100 children with ID into early childhood development work in the Kawangware informal settlement, a densely populated informal settlement to the west of Nairobi. This grant forms part of the larger CRS program called THRIVE, which is an early childhood development program funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, whose goal is to enable children under 5 years to thrive under a sustainable culture of care and support. The THRIVE project is an effort to level the playing field for children affected by HIV through targeted interventions and, through this project, will now be inclusive of children with ID.

About Annemarie Hill:I am the Director for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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April 27, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Remembrance of James Michael Gleason

By Donna Bainbridge, Vicki Tilley and Shantae Polk

It is difficult to put into words a person’s significance, especially one as remarkable as Jim - colleague, friend, and team member of Special Olympics FUNfitness and Healthy Athletes. Jim dedicated his professional life to improving the care and understanding of people with intellectual disabilities.View Story It is difficult to put into words a person’s significance, especially one as remarkable as Jim - colleague, friend, and team member of Special Olympics FUNfitness and Healthy Athletes. Jim dedicated his professional life to improving the care and understanding of people with intellectual disability. Jim added so significantly to FUNfitness and Healthy Athletes. His ability to listen, learn, and understand was matched only by his ability to engage others. As FUNfitness Coordinator of Education and Research, he stewarded efforts to create quality teaching materials and experiences. Jim, one of our strongest research voices, understood the importance of consent, identity protection, data quality and integrity. Jim was a gentle soul who respected other cultures and ideas. His love, of course, was everything Irish. He was a talented singer-musician who played with several Irish groups. Most of all, Jim was a friend, always pleasant, balanced, and helpful. I miss his sage wisdom on so many topics. Jim - a gentle, kind, loving soul. You will continue to be missed! You left many impressions on FUNfitness that serve as your legacy of commitment.

About Donna Bainbridge, Vicki Tilley and Shantae Polk:Special Olympics FUNfitness Team
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April 22, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

Prescription Lenses were delivered in Colima

By Paola Martinelli

A few months after the National Games Mexico, and under the Healthy Athletes program the state of Colima received the prescription glasses for their athletesView Story A few months after the National Games Mexico, and under the Healthy Athletes program the state of Colima received the prescription glasses for their athletes. With the Opening Eyes program many athletes with intellectual disabilities have benefitted. The program gave optometry screening to special athletes and donations of corrective or protective lenses.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing
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