Special Olympics USA athlete Hanna Atkinson formally opens Healthy Athletes at World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 at a ribbon cutting ceremony on 13 March. Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, made possible globally by the Golisano Foundation and locally by NMC Health Plc, is offering free health screenings and health education to all 7,500 athletes competing in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes is made possible locally by NMC Health PLC. "NMC commits daily to provide for the best quality health care to the communities of the UAE and 18 other countries worldwide. Partnering with Special Olympics and Healthy Athletes ensures people with determination have the same access to health care as others”, said Prasanth Manghat, the CEO and Executive Director of NMC Health Plc.

"Most people know Special Olympics for sports. Our sports open doors to physical fitness, courage, joy, and friendship," said Dr. Meaghan McHugh, Director of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes. "We also open doors to things that affect a person’s whole life—like health."

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