Creating Communities of Inclusion Across Kansas

A Special Olympics Kansas athlete celebrating a victory with a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Healthy Communities – An evolving program designed to provide health screenings and health services for all individuals with intellectual disabilities within local communities. This program provides nutrition and fitness education in addition to health screenings, and develops a network of health care volunteers and providers within these communities. The ultimate goal of this program is to provide services in communities statewide. For more information on this program visit http://www.ksso.org/health-and-wellness

Healthy Athletes – This program provides free health screenings to registered SOKS athletes at three state competition venues in September, November and June each year. Offered in a welcoming, family-friendly and fun environment, these screenings attempt to identify potential health issues in dental, eye, hearing, general health and physical therapy categories, in addition to educating athletes on healthy lifestyle choices. When health issues are discovered, they are shared with guardians, and, when asked, SOKS will work with caregivers to develop a follow-up plan with a health professional. Free eyeglasses and electric toothbrushes are when necessary.
For more information visit http://www.ksso.org/healthy-athletes

Young Athletes – The Young Athlete’s program provides workshops for intellectually disabled children ages 3-7, and their families, focusing on the development of motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and the application of these physical skills through general fitness and recreational activities. After attending the Motor Skills Clinic, families will be given a free, complete activity kit along with user-friendly instructions to continue working with their child as a family activity. More information on clinics is available at http://www.ksso.org/young-athletes.

Charity Name
Special Olympics Kansas, Inc.
Photo Caption
A Special Olympics Kansas athlete celebrating a victory with a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Photo Credit
Special Olympics Kansas, Inc.