J. Edward Knight helps Particular Olympics Maine growth of Unified Sports activities into the group

J. Edward Knight supports Special Olympics Maine expansion of Unified Sports into the community

BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Sports activities have a manner of unifying folks. Particular Olympics Maine Unified Champion Golf equipment is devoted to selling social inclusion by pairing folks with and with out mental disabilities by means of shared leisure sports activities and actions. A easy precept that taking part in and competing collectively creates a fast path to friendships, inclusion and understanding.

Unified Sports activities has been a catalyst for change in Maine college districts since 2008. Now, Particular Olympics Maine is partnering with group organizations, like YMCAs, throughout the state to broaden unified sports activities. The unified technique transforms college and group environments by inspiring folks to open their minds, settle for and embody folks with mental disabilities and anybody who’s perceived as completely different.

“They’re not sitting on the sidelines. As a substitute, they’re being seen as members of the group.” mentioned Sawyer Boulette, director of Unified Champion Golf equipment at Particular Olympics Maine, in a information launch.

“Having had a few years of expertise with Particular Olympics Maine, I used to be desirous to be taught extra about their growth of unified sports activities right into a group setting.” mentioned Rob Wheeler, president of J. Edward Knight Insurance coverage.

The free, ongoing year-round inclusive program is designed to offer extra wholesome actions, promote friendships and management alternatives whereas selling inclusion. The Unified Champion Membership focuses on constructing an inclusive local weather that emphasizes collaboration, engagement, and mutual respect for all folks locally no matter their skills.

“What higher manner than becoming a member of forces with native YMCAs to perform this objective. This program is important for folks of all skills in our rural state and might be tailored to the wants of so many alternative communities,” Wheeler continues.

Boulette mentioned: “We’re past grateful for our latest contribution from J. Edward Knight Insurance coverage. We glance to group leaders like Rob and his staff to make sure ongoing program viability, present new alternatives for folks with and with out mental disabilities and their households and supply free programming to all individuals. Our imaginative and prescient is to implement this program into communities throughout the State.” 

The Particular Olympics Maine Unified Champion Membership might be discovered on the Alfond youth & Neighborhood Middle, Tub YMCA, Kennebec Valley YMCA, and the Down East Household YMCA.

“J. Edward Knight Insurance coverage and our staff are pleased to help this program and encourage different companies across the state to affix us,” provides Wheeler.

To be taught extra about Particular Olympics Maine Unified Champion Golf equipment, and how one can become involved by turning into a participant, sponsor, or volunteer contact Sawyer Boulette, Director Particular Olympics Maine Unified Champion Membership. SawyerB@somaine.org.


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