Almost 300,000 athletes in 109 countries are currently participating in Special Olympics health and fitness activities, making inclusive health a reality for this vulnerable and marginalized population.
Like other sports organizations, Special Olympics has cancelled in-person practices and competitions across the globe since the pandemic began. Over the last year, the organization has prioritized the development of at home fitness resources, including fitness videos and creating stress reduction challenges to help athletes stay fit and active during the pandemic.
The latest fitness resource available to Special Olympics athletes has been launched in partnership with WWE. WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre has teamed up with Special Olympics athletes to create a brand-new online workout called School of Strength: Class Is Now in Session.
The workout was created for all ability levels in mind and explores fun nutritional tips and mindfulness strategies. The campaign also introduced Unified Fitness Kits, which include cones, an agility ladder, a resistance band, a jump rope, an exercise ball, an activity tracker, and printable exercise cards. The “fit kits” encourage athletes to keep their fitness levels up at home by taking advantage of basic exercise equipment available in the comfort of their living rooms and backyards.
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Source: Special Olympics