Year-Round Sports Training, Competitions and Medical Care in Miami-Dade County
Special Olympics Florida - Miami-Dade County provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities in 17 sports, for over 5,400 individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Activities exist for those of all ability levels, from the highly functioning to the severely challenged. Sports offered include Softball, Flag Football, Soccer, Tennis, Aquatics, Stand Up Paddle, Gymnastics and Basketball, to name a few.
Special Olympics hosts 45 County and Area Games annually in Miami-Dade County. Athletes have the opportunity to advance to State, National and World Games.
Special Olympics is a movement that offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop physical fitness and a healthier lifestyle. Sport training and competition becomes the vehicle for athletes to gain self-confidence and develop necessary socialization skills that empower them to be more accepted and contributing members in their communities.
Young Athletes Program
The Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2 to 7 years old with intellectual disabilities along with their siblings and their peers, designed to introduce them into the world of sport.
This program helps children improve fundamental physical, cognitive and social skills consistent with Sports Olympics sports. The program offers early intervention, gross motor skill development and provides an inclusive curriculum for children with and without Intellectual Disabilities.
Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness and their ability to train and compete in Special Olympics, through the provision of free health screenings and referral where necessary. Special Olympics Healthy Athletes provides health assessment, health education, disease prevention and, in some cases, corrective health care for Special Olympics athletes. Disciplines include: Special Smiles, Opening Eyes, Healthy Hearing, FUNfitness, Health Promotion, Fit Feet and MedFest.
Athlete Leadership allows athletes to explore opportunities for Special Olympics participation in roles previously considered "non-traditional." Our athletes are serving as board members, staff members, local/area committee members, officials, assistant coaches, volunteers, and much more! One such opportunity is being a Global Messenger -- a self-advocacy program where athletes are trained in public speaking and raise public awareness about Special Olympics.
Camp Shriver is a Special Olympics unified spring break and summer camp. The free camp has two locations. One location in Liberty City serves 8 - 12 Year Old children during a 1-week Spring Break camp and a 2-week Summer Camp. The second location is held at City of Miami's Sandra DeLucca Development Center for 6-weeks over the summer, serving campers 14-22 Years Old.
The unified Camp Shriver model is designed to foster relationships for children with and without Intellectual Disabilities, to create inclusion that transcends the camp experience and impacts the entire community.