Special Olympics Indiana will host its 7th Annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver Games this fall, drawing more than 1,600 athletes from across the state to the Indianapolis area for state competitions in softball, volleyball, corn toss, flag football, equestrian, golf, and distance run & walk. The competitions will be held over the course of three weekends in September, with the majority of athletes competing at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory Academy on Sunday, Sept. 10.
During that first weekend of competition, free Healthy Athletes screenings will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to all Special Olympics athletes in attendance, with a focus on the Fit Feet and Health Promotion disciplines. All athletes completing a Fit Feet assessment will receive a free pair of socks courtesy of our friends and partners at Finish Line.
Please contact Shadreck Kamwendo, Director of Health and Fitness, with any questions.
Fit Feet was developed through Special Olympics’ collaboration with the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Many Special Olympics athletes suffer from foot and ankle pain or deformities that impair their performance. Also, athletes are not always fitted with the best shoes and socks for their particular sport. During Special Olympics competitions, volunteer health care professionals examine athletes’ feet and ankles for deformities, and also check for proper shoes and socks.
Athletes are offered guides for healthy eating, lifestyle choices, fun ways to increase physical fitness as well as information (content varies with the health needs of the population) on topics such as tobacco avoidance, sun safety and skin care. Health exams at Games include BMI and bone mineral density (BMD) measurements. Health Promotion venues empower and motivate athletes to make healthy lifestyle choices that will improve their long-term health by using interactive educational games and literature.
ABOUT HEALTHY ATHLETES®
The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® program, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, offers health services and information to athletes in dire need. Overall, more than 1.7 million free health examinations have been conducted in more than 130 countries. In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities. Through the Healthy Athletes® program, Special Olympics Indiana athletes receive free screenings in a fun and welcoming environment. This often removes the anxiety and fear that individuals with ID experience when faced with a visit to the doctor or dentist. Our mission is to improve each athlete’s health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.