Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

Special Olympics Southern California

Healthy Athletes

Dedicated to providing health screenings and education to athletes while changing the way health professionals interact with people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities, providing access to free health services for a population with significant, unmet health needs. Often, those with intellectual disabilities and their families don’t understand what is needed to optimize their health. Healthy Athletes provides accessible information, resources, systems and policies at the individual, community, national and global levels that support them in realizing sustainable healthy and productive lives.

What We Do

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes provides accessible information, resources, systems and policies at the individual, community, national and global levels that support Special Olympics Southern California athletes in realizing sustainable healthy and productive lives.

Volunteer Benefits

Healthy Athletes

Team Wellness is a unique health and wellness program designed for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. Participants are led by a trained Wellness Coach and receive guidance, direction, and encouragement.

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WHY IT MATTERS

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), despite the severe need and higher health risk, people with intellectual disabilities are denied health services, community interventions, and there is a lack of targeted interventions and programs for the population. Health care professionals who volunteer with Special Olympics have found that Special Olympics athletes are at increased risk of secondary health issues:

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37% have obvious, untreated tooth decay
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37% needed new eyewear prescription

23% have low bone density

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26% failed hearing tests

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48% have at least one kind of skin or nail condition

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59% of adult and 30% of youth athletes are overweight or obese

Disciplines

Fit Feet
FUNFitness
Health Promotion 
Healthy Hearing
MedFests
Opening Eyes
Special Smiles
Strong Minds

Upcoming EVENTS

February 2024
March 2024
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Partners

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