Special Olympics: promoting integration
Last month Schuman Associates participated in a Special Olympics Unified Football Competition at Kraainem Football Club in Brussels. We were part of the tournament that saw five teams, consisting of Special Olympics athletes and refugees compete against each other to promote the Play Unified concept, where athletes with and without disabilities play on the same field.
Schuman Associates athlete Carlos Corts commented: "Sharing something from our daily lives like a football game definitely helps to better understand the realities of these athletes and refugees - which in the end contributes to more respect, empathy and inclusion"
Founded in 1968 through the vision of Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is a strong human development platform, leveraging the transformative power of sport to change the lives of individuals of all abilities both on and off the field of play. With inclusive programming in over 170 nations, and engaging more than 5,000,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics has become the largest grass-roots disability sports organization in the world. In many nations, it is perhaps the strongest beacon of hope for one of the most marginalized populations in the world today, as well as for their families, and their communities.
Schuman Associates is happy to support this great cause. We will be back!