Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) will tomorrow celebrate the fourth Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day by introducing coaching practices to 25 volunteeers who have expressed interest in training persons with intellectual disabilities.
The presenters are Glendon West, Lennox Christie, Rudolph Barnes, Patricia Lue-Chin and Tamika Stephenson. The volunteers will be instructed on the importance of good nutrition, proper coaching techniques and effective athlete management, among
The workshop will be held at the INSPORTS headquarters located on the Independence Park complex.
"We are commemorating the EKS Day. We'll be having a general session with persons interested in coaching and we'll sensitise them on what is required of them and emphasise their responsibilities in dealing with the athletes," said West, the head organiser.
Kennedy Shriver, who died in 2009, was the founder of the Special Olympics International (SOI) movement.
As part of the celebrations, persons will also participate in a game of bocce.
Bocce is a sport in which players use an underarm action to bowl a ball at a target. Points are gained by the ball's proximity to the target.
The move to train coaches is part of the SOJ thrust in preparing for the 2015 World Summer Games to be held in
Earlier this year, the local body enjoyed international acclaim thanks to Jamaica's headline-grabbing displays at the World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
The country won two silver medals in ice figure skating to go with their second-place finish in floor hockey at the eight-day Championships.
Special Olympics aims to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The disabilities can either be acquired or genetic and can include cases of Down's Syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy.
The programme offers these individuals the opportunity to develop physical fitness, experience joy, participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families and other Special Olympics athletes.
There are approximately 4.2 million athletes across 170 countries training and competing in the Special Olympics organisation.