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The Winning Cause
Congratulations to all our runners in Tokyo!
The winning cause with the fastest average time on race night was EDUCATION. Over the next year, Special Olympics Nippon (SON) will implement programming to address the winning cause with support from The Extra Mile funding.
Special Olympics Nippon’s educational programs focus on development of coaches, athlete leaders and individuals within educational institutions and corporations. Specifically, clinics and workshops will help to increase the quality of coaching. Athlete leadership development will include appointments of athletes to the Special Olympics board. Lastly, Unified Sports Opportunities will inform those within educational institutions and corporations about diversity and inclusion. Executing Unified Basketball Program Clinics and the Unified Basketball Game on 12-13 October 2019, will allow partners, athletes and coaches to deepen their awareness and understanding of the topic.
The Local Partner
Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.5 million athletes and Unified partners in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, United Airlines, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, Safilo Group, and TOYOTA.
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