Children with exceptionalities participate in the
Special Olympics

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: An Enjoyable and Rewarding Experience
V. Carino, D. Aguas, and Y. Valencia

   As part of its two-week anniversary celebrations, the College of Education through the Guild of Thomasian Speducators (GuTs), in partnership with Special Olympics Philippines, conducted a Special Olympics for athletes with special needs. A good number of children with exceptionalities, at least 12 years of age, from different schools and organizations participated in the event which aimed to foster friendship, inclusivity and sportsmanship. The philosophy behind this activity is that every child can compete and their participation is already considered an achievement regardless of the outcome. This is evident in their oath. “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

   There were also a small number of delegates from Japan and India who participated. The event was facilitated by Thomasian students in the Preschool and Special Education programs. The games included basketball, volleyball and soccer. Through these activities, physically and mentally-challenged children are exposed to popular sports. They are able to practice and improve their motor skills and eye-hand coordination, as well as develop their cognitive and social skills.