Collaborating on two key initiatives of the Special Olympics, the Unified Schools and Athlete Leadership programmes, the collaboration takes place in FWD’s seven operating regions in Asia including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan, and aims to help Special Olympics athletes develop their potential and confidence while encouraging social inclusion.
Unified Schools, an initiative supported by the partnership to celebrate inclusion and acceptance, aims to unify six schools every year and engage 800 young people through 17 sporting and non-sporting activities. Athlete Leadership aims to empower 30 Special Olympics athletes and mentors in a series of skills development workshops to further their skills in the workplace and in their everyday lives. FWD and Special Olympics will also collaborate with local employment agencies and companies to help athletes develop their leadership potential and search for employment opportunities.
Launching the local partnership on 19 July, FWD Hong Kong and Special Olympics Hong Kong also took the occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics and the 5th anniversary of FWD Hong Kong. In attendance at the ceremony were notable Hong Kong athletes Yapp Hung-fai, Hong Kong football team goalkeeper and “Marathon Couple” Yiu Kit-ching and Chan Ka-ho, alongside more than 100 Special Olympics athletes, students from unified schools and FWD volunteers. During the ceremony, the attendees participated in a game of bocce, a sport unique to the Special Olympics, and emerging sport dodgebee, to showcase the spirit of social inclusion while showing how sports can bring people together and change people’s lives.
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