Children and adults with intellectual disabilities have to overcome many barriers in life. They have certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills, including communication, social and self-care skills. These limitations can cause a child to develop and learn more slowly or differently than a typically developing child. It’s a well-known fact that through sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. By playing and competing on their own level they not only improve their physical and motor fitness, but also boosts their self-confidence and their inclusion in society. In Special Olympics, the power and joy of sport, shifts focus to what they can do, not what they can't and the attention to disabilities fades away. It’s their dream that everybody can see their talents and abilities and that people all over the world applaud them for all that they can achieve through sports.
Special Olympics wants to contribute to the personal development of people with intellectual disabilities by promoting their social integration and their social recognition. To reach that goal Special Olympics and RSI/Versacourt team up to offer year-round trainings and sports competitions to people with intellectual disabilities. For this, the idea has been developed to have 1 million RSI Sports Panel tiles sponsored and pave the path for Special Olympians to play sports on unified sports courts – The VersaCourts of Dreams – that will be build all over with them. Besides that, for each tile sold, almost 50% of the purchase price will be donated to Special Olympics to reach their goal of supporting over 20.000 intellectual disabled athletes and providing them the opportunity to practice sports. 82 sponsored tiles represent the equivalent of enabling one athlete to do so one year long. Tiles can be sponsored either by individuals, companies, sports clubs, overall sports institutions or non-sports related institutions. Help us to make the dream of Special Olympians come true.
Contributing to help building the dream of Special Olympians is easy. You can buy one sports tile for as less as € 6,50. Of course you can buy as many tiles as you want, bearing in mind that for every tile sold, € 3,- go to Special Olympics to support an athlete. With the tiles sold we will build numerous Special Olympics Courts of Dreams all over where they can play unified games in all kinds of sports like basketball, tennis, netball, futsal or hockey. All you have to do is click on the link below, fill in the number of tiles you want to donate and go to the secured checkout. You can pay in numerous ways like VISA, MasterCard, PayPal or Bank transfer, so there is always one that suits you. Your donation will make a difference for people with mental disabilities!
To bring the game even closer to Special Olympians to continue practicing on quality grounds during the COVID 19 challenging times, the courts will be installed at SOB-clubs so that the athletes with intellectual disabilities can keep on moving.
The courts will stay at the clubs until the health situation is better, but at least already until June 2021. Afterwards all the sold tiles in Belgium will come back to SOB to be used by the organization as planned.
One tile costs €6,50, by participating you donate €3 to SOB and give the organization the tile to enable their athletes to play sports whenever wherever at any SOB-activity on high quality ground.