On the heels of their fantastic run a year ago, Special Olympics Bahamas is already gearing up for the next Special Olympics World Games, set for the summer of 2023 in Berlin, Germany.
On Saturday March 14, athletes, coaches and volunteers of Special Olympics Bahamas will lead an awareness walk-a-thon from Saunders Beach into Rawson Square, where a mini pep rally will be held. The primary goal of the walk-a-thon is to raise awareness of persons in The Bahamas (and the world), living with intellectual disabilities as well as other forms of disabilities.
As Special Olympics programs around the world will participate in a ‘Spread The Word Inclusion’ campaign over the next 10 years, so, too, will Special Olympics Bahamas, pushing and advocating for inclusion for persons with intellectual disabilities in the Bahamian communities.
“This event promises to be both exciting and inspirational and we are inviting all groups as well as individuals to join us in our continued quest to raise awareness and create inclusive communities,” said a Special Olympics Bahamas spokesperson through a press release.
Last year, at the 15th Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Team Bahamas won 14 total medals – six gold, three silver and five bronze. The 24-member team competed in five sporting disciplines – athletics, swimming, bowling, bocce and soccer – and had one of The Bahamas’ biggest medal hauls in the history of the games.
Special Olympics Bahamas is looking for a similar, or even greater, performance when the next Special Olympics World Games is held in three years’ time in Berlin, Germany.