SPECIAL OLYMPICS UAE ATHLETES TAKE PART IN UNIFIED GAMES AT SHEIKH MOHAMED BIN ZAYED MAJLIS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Special Olympics athletes joined dignitaries and students to take part in a series of specially created, fun-filled team games at the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations as part of the build-up to Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
The event featured a special unified ‘Minefield’ game that saw blindfolded players navigating their way around a variety of obstacles while being guided by their teammates who shouted out instructions using key words such as left, right, forwards, or backwards.
Sprinter, Ali Almesmari, 16; Swimmer, Omar Alshami, 15; Basketballer, Butti Alsheezawi, 31; and Equestrian, Sultan Alkhyeli, 37, all participated in the unified games.
‘Minefield’ was designed to build trust, communication skills and to promote an atmosphere of unity between the Special Olympics athletes, the students and VIPs at the event.
Several members of the Special Olympics UAE team and the Local Organizing Committee for the upcoming World Games attended the Majlis event to help spread awareness of the Special Olympics movement ahead of the World Games.
Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through various ‘unified’ initiatives; one of those being ‘Unified Sports’, a program that places people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. This principle of ‘training together and playing together’ underscores Special Olympics’ goal of boosting friendship and understanding.