JCI Vizag, a community organization, is getting ready for the 19th Special Olympics, an exciting sports event held every year for kids with unique abilities. This time, it’s happening at the Police Barracks in Suryabagh on September 3, 2023, starting at 9:00 AM. Children with various challenges, such as hearing or vision difficulties, as well as physical and mental disabilities, will come together for a day of fun and games. Kids from the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam will join in on the action.
The best part is, it won’t cost anything for these amazing participants to register, and they’ll have dedicated JCI volunteers to help them out during the event. Last year, in the 18th edition, we had over 300 exceptional students from 20 different schools and organizations. They competed in a range of activities, like shot put, discus throw, javelin, running, relay races, and softball. These activities were divided into different age groups: below 12 years, 12-20 years, and above 21 years, for both boys and girls.
This year’s Special Olympics organized by JCI Vizag is expected to be even bigger, with over 450 children participating in more than 60 sporting events. There are some exciting highlights planned, including hearing-impaired students reciting the National Anthem in sign language, a Navy March Past, a Children’s Fashion Show, a formation representing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by children, and much more.
Prakash Kochar, the Founder of Special Olympics, shared, “While we’ve seen more and more participants over the past 23 years, there’s still a need to nurture the talents of these extraordinary students. We need to raise awareness among their trainers and teachers about the importance of sports and motivate them to take part in such activities.”
He also mentioned, “Every year, we award the rolling shield in memory of my younger brother, Prem Kochar, who tragically lost his life in an accident. This shield goes to the school that excels in all categories of events.” Winners in all categories will receive medals, and every participant will receive certificates. Furthermore, individuals with disabilities who have achieved excellence in sports will be honored at the event.
JCI Vizag’s President, Jc B Prabhakar, and Secretary, Jc Srikavya, shared that the event will also include a special band salute and a cultural festival performed by exceptional students. Some distinguished guests are expected to attend, including Sambasiva Rao, MD of Sravan Shipping Services Pvt. Ltd, MP MVV Satyanarayana, GVMC Commissioner Srikanth Varma IAS, Rana Uppalapati from Titan Company Ltd, Sribharat Mathukumili, President of GITAM University, and Captain Raghuraman Chakravarthy, Regional Manager at INCS.
So, mark your calendars for September 3, 2023, and join us for a day of celebration, sportsmanship, and inspiring achievements!