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12 floor hockey players

were brought to Chicago by Harold Smith to represent Canada at the first International Special Olympics in 1968

1968 The year Special Olympics was founded

by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Healthy Athletes

More than just physical training

We understand that proper training must involve more than simply being active. In order to ensure top performance, as well as improved wellbeing, Special Olympics Canada offer screenings at both the national and local level. These screenings are part of a global program developed and overseen by Special Olympics.

Since 1997 Special Olympics has served athletes by offering free health screenings and health information in clinics at local, regional, national and world games in seven different health areas. In doing so, Special Olympics has become the largest global health organization dedicated to serving people with an intellectual disability, and Healthy Athletes has literally become the largest database of health data for people with an intellectual disability.

It’s a true win-win scenario: volunteer health care professionals are trained in the health concerns of people with an intellectual disability – patients that they might not ordinarily see in their practice – and will identify problems that may need additional follow-up. And athletes are educated on healthy lifestyle choices.

These health areas can include:

  • Opening Eyes (vision),
  • Fit Feet (podiatry),
  • FUNfitness (physical therapy),
  • Health Promotion (better health and well-being),
  • Healthy Hearing (audiology),
  • MedFest (sport physical exam)
  • Special Smiles (dentistry).

Here in Canada, screenings are offered at national games in several disciplines. You can also check-in with your local chapter to see when the Healthy Athletes screenings may be offered.