|Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for persons with intellectual disability. Special Olympics began in 1968 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the First International Summer Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The concept was born in the early 1960s when Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disability. She saw that individuals with intellectual disability were far more capable in sports and physical activities than experts thought.In December 1968, Special Olympics was established as a nonprofit charitable organization under the laws of the District of Columbia, USA. Since 1968, millions of children and adults with intellectual disability have participated in Special Olympics around the world.
From 8 – 11 May 2012, Special Olympics Zambia and Special Olympics Africa organized an advanced coaching course and orientation to Special Olympics. http://specialolympicsafrica.co.za/index.htm.
The training was held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka. http://www.oydc.org.zm/
The training course was intense involved the following:
– Introduction to special Olympics and defining Intellectual Disability
– Volunteerism, Relationship between Special Olympics and the International Olympic Committee
– Special Olympics history, mission, fundamentals, event management, divisioning,
– Organizing a Special Olympics mini event
Breakthrough Chiparamba Sports Academy was invited to attend and was represented by Dominic Sialutaba and Malanga Jeff. The course was facilitated by Sta Sithole (Senior Manager, Administration Organizational Development and initiative) and Charles Nyambe (Director, Program Development and Sports) both from Special Olympics Africa. The structure of the course involved General Orientation completion, pass basic test and first aid and finally recruitment and training of 30 coaches which will earn one a qualification.
After 4 days of intensive training both Dominic and Malanga completed the Special Olympics general orientation and passed the basic test. Malanga and Dominic further hold a first Aid training and this means there will be no need to go through the training though a refresher course would be beneficial.
What remains to get the final qualification is the recruitment of 30 coaches. Since BCSA does not implement Special Olympics programmes, we will world within the strategic plan for Special Olympics Zambia to recruit 30 the 30 coaches. The other plan is to hold a Special Olympics general orientation to the BCSA staff and volunteers.