Su­per J IGA gives $5,000 to Spe­cial Olympics

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ateam of twenty five ath­letes, eight coaches and three of­fi­cials left the is­land on Mon­day July 20th to par­tic­i­pate in the 2015 Spe­cial Olympics World Sum­mer Games in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. The games will fea­ture com­pe­ti­tions in aquat­ics, gym­nas­tics, track and field, bas­ket­ball, football and many other sum­mer sports in­volv­ing 7,000 ath­letes with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties from 177 coun­tries. Saint Lu­cia’s del­e­ga­tion will have rep­re­sen­ta­tion in football, ath­let­ics and bocce.

Su­per J IGA is among the cor­po­rate en­ti­ties who are help­ing to make Team Saint Lu­cia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion pos­si­ble. Spe­cial Olympics Saint Lu­cia re­ceived a gift of EC $5,000 from the su­per­mar­ket en­tity last Satur­day to help de­fray costs as­so­ci­ated with par­tic­i­pa­tion in the games. The pre­sen­ta­tion was made dur­ing the team’s fi­nal train­ing ses­sion in the grounds of the Dame Pear­lette Louisy Pri­mary School. Ms. Su­per J IGA, Ayana Alexan­der who placed first run­ner up in the Na­tional Queen Pageant made the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion to the team mem­bers who are ex­pected to make Saint Lu­cia very proud.

Spe­cial Olympics Staint Lu­cia is the recog­nised body for pro­vid­ing year round sports train­ing and ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion in a va­ri­ety of Olympic-type sports for chil­dren and adults with in­tel­lec­tual dif­fi­cul­ties. The ob­jec­tive is to en­sure that they are pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop phys­i­cal fit­ness, demon­strate courage, ex­pe­ri­ence joy and par­tic­i­pate in shar­ing of gifts, skills and friend­ship with their fam­i­lies, other spe­cial Olympic ath­letes and the com­mu­nity.

The games open of­fi­cially on Sun­day July 26th and are de­scribed as a way to open eyes, to change at­ti­tudes and to break down bar­ri­ers that ex­clude peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dif­fi­cul­ties from the main­stream of com­mu­nity. The games will also pro­vide a venue for global dis­cus­sions and ac­tion on the im­pact Spe­cial Olympics can have on the lives of peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

Ms. Su­per J with the Spe­cial Olympics Bocce Team

and their coaches.

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