The family members of our Special Olympic Athletes are our #1 fans. They give the type of love, support and encouragement that no one else can. This is what makes Special Olympics a valuable support network that brings families together in a caring and positive manner, providing them with hope and optimism that previously may have been missing.

Family support network and our young athletes

fitness. RUKH NAZ Initially starting off as a teacher in Special Education in 1988, Special Olympics Pakistan approached her after the center she worked at played remarkably during the sporting competition held in Islamabad in 1994. This gave her a strong and stable mindset in working with the Special Olympic athletes. One of Rukh Naz’s athlete was selected to participate in the 1995 World Games in USA – who then also won three medals. SOP gave her the opportunity to be a part of the “train a trainer” program and learn different sports too. NAEEM RASHID Mr. Rashid has been associated with the organization since 1990. He excels in sports and strongly believes that sport gives athletes an excellent foundation from where they can discover their abilities and gain self-confidence, preparing themselves to face greater challenges in life. He his a dedicated volunteer and has participated in the 1991 and 2003 World Games. Beverly Harvey? Our Families The family members of our Special Olympic Athletes are our #1 fans. They give the type of love, support and encouragement that no one else can. This is what makes Special Olympics a valuable support network that brings families together in a caring and positive manner, providing them with hope and optimism that previously may have been missing. Family Support Network What does every child want? Every child wants the chance to kick a ball, to throw it well and be able to share that success with family members. What does every child with intellectual disabilities want? The exact same thing. The family support network started to connect Special Olympic families with newer families of individuals with intellectual disabilities in order to be able to provide them with support and information during the time of need. The network creates opportunities for family members to:

  • Become activists for the special Olympics movement.
  • Come together to share ideas, issues and common interests.
  • Volunteer during athletic trainings.
  • Encourage new families to be a part of Special Olympics.

Many families also choose to enroll their children in the Young Athletes Program, which is a versatile and carefully designed program that caters the needs of children between the ages of 2 - 8 years old, that are able to adjust and adapt in various learning situations. The aim is to provide these kids with fun activities that allow improvements in mental and physical growth and in developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Not only does interacting with other children give a boost in confidence levels, but also gives them the opportunity to develop social and interpersonal skills. Special Olympics Pakistan has organized many events where families have come together with their children and connected with each other.

Connecting Us All

Special Olympics knows no boundaries. Without regards to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life.

This spirit of generosity, inclusion and volunteerism helps to connect the community as a whole. In this way we can build a stronger, safer world.