To help mothers and their intellectually challenged kids, the Special Olympics Philippines (SOP) – Palawan Chapter conducted the first-ever Special Olympics Games (SOG) in Palawan on July 16 and 23, 2016 at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex in Tiniguiban Heights, Puerto Princesa City.
Headed by Edgar Clamor, the activity gathered more than 200 beneficiaries, 300 parents and guardians to a colorful two-day sports event that encouraged camaraderie, and provided an avenue for special individuals to express their unique talents.
“This is a great opportunity for all the parents to rub shoulders with each other and share the wonderful stories they have with each other. I believe that this event will strengthen them as they see their children compete in the spirit of sportsmanship,” said Marvi Trudeau of Pilipinas Shell Foundation.
With the help of expert coaches, SOG was able to organize and supervise four games: track and field, tennis, swimming, and bocce. A football exhibition game and cheer dance competition was also conducted for the kids to explore their talents. The participants, however, have undergone medical screening by the City Health Office assisted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
“What pure a joy to see that everybody takes part in actively organizing this activity,” said Angie Mendoza, Director of SOP-Palawan. “This is indeed a great success for all of us and a dream come true both for the parents and their children,” she added.
A series of activities including parade of athletes, motorcade, medical mission, young athletes training, stress management workshop for parents and caregivers have been organized in a two week celebration of the NDPR Week.
The SOG in Palawan was held in time with the celebration of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week with the theme “Karapatan ng May Kapansanan, Isakatuparan… Now na!”