This Blog Post is from Stephanie Savarese
As Congress attempts to reign in a passionate debate on healthcare, they’ve captured quite an audience. Unlike most government debates, the proceedings on health care aren’t confined to the drones of CSPAN; Health Care deliberations are going prime time. With all the hype about fall season television premiers, I was surprised to see PBS’s special, “PBS’s Special Report on Health Care Reform” getting as much coverage as the much anticipated season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (I don’t watch the show, but I am convinced I’m one of the only people…). It’s been a long time since real-life drama gave the fictional kind on Grey’s Anatomy a run for its money.
At Special Olympics, we’ve been tuned into the importance of quality health care long before Congress came back from their summer recess (and long before Grey’s Anatomy infiltrated millions of American living rooms for the first time). Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes program has been thriving since the early 1990s. Unlike a lot of the issues being raised in government right now, everyone can agree that offering athletes free screenings aimed at improving their overall health status is a huge step in the right direction. The increasing public interest in health care highlights the fact that Special Olympics is an innovative organization that is always a step ahead of the pack when it comes to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
SOMA’s upcoming move to the Yawkey Sports Training Center will bring drastic expansions to our Healthy Athletes Program, as well as new opportunities for families, coaches and athletes to join SOMA in embracing a healthier lifestyle. I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments about SOMA’s efforts. This is an exciting time for our country and an equally exciting time for Special Olympics Massachusetts, I’d say even better than T.V. drama. Stay tuned!