Special Olympics Pros And Cons

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On your mark, get set, go! The athletes take off around the University of New Mexico race track for the 200 meter sprint. The crowd goes wild, yelling and cheering in support as the first competitor crosses the finish line. These athletes train year round, always give it their best, and have the best time participating, even with the intellectual disabilities they face. These athletes are competing in the Special Olympics Summer Games of New Mexico. They come from all over the state of New Mexico representing their teams, in hopes of qualifying for the national Special Olympic Games, however this year that will not be an option. New Mexico will be the only state not represented due to the state cutting the funds for Special Olympics of New Mexico by 50%. How is it justifiable to take away an experience that some of us take for granted? What does this mean for the future of Special Olympics of not just New Mexico, but across the…show more content…
It is not just in the United States though, Special Olympics reaches out to people around the world providing people with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 countries with the experience. The main goal of Special Olympics is to push for inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities everywhere. Special Olympics hosts events such as the summer games, where they can participate in track and field events, along with unified sports teams, such as soccer. The unified teams bring people together and break down the barrier between stereotypes. However, Special Olympics goes way beyond just the sports. At the games they provide volunteer health professionals to conduct free health screenings, such as screens for the athletes eyes, ears, teeth, nutrition, and general health. Special Olympics changes the lives of the individuals who participate in the games and their
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