Special Olympics Massachusetts is hosting a national Healthy Athletes© Train the Trainer at the Yawkey Sports Training Center on September 15 – 17. Training for professionals to become Special Olympics Healthy Athletes© Clinical Directors will be conducted for the programs of Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, FitFeet, Health Promotion and FunFitness. In conjunction with the Clinical Director training the organization will also host Healthy Athletes screenings for Medfest on Friday, September 16, 10:00am to Noon and on Saturday, September 17th, 10:00am to 2:00pm. The screenings are open to all Special Olympics athletes of any age. All athletes attending will receive a specially designed Healthy Athletes t-shirt, a healthy lunch and 2 to 3 free screenings.
The training will be funded by the Galisano Foundation and the Healthy Athletes screenings are underwritten by grants from the CDC. This is one of three trainings being funded by the Galisano Foundation in the United States in 2011.
The training will be lead by the top Regional Advisors for Special Olympics including Steve Perlman and Jim Gleason from SOMA and will be overseen by SOI VP of Health Programs Darcie Marsareau and SONA Healthy Athletes© Coordinator Drew Choules. More than 75 trainers, Clinical Directors and SO Healthy Athletes staff are expected to attend. And 200+ athletes are expected to take advantage of the screenings.
The Healthy Athletes initiative is important in providing education programs for medical professionals giving them the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of treating people with intellectual disabilities and giving them the confidence to accept them into their practice. The Healthy Athletes initiative provides great benefits for Special Olympics athletes and people with intellectual disabilities around the world.