Special Olympics Maine Annual Motor Activities Day | Community Spirit

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Special Olympics Maine Annual Motor Activities Day

Travis Roy Arena: On Wednesday May 18th from 1-2:30  the students of North Yarmouth Academy will play host to Special Olympics Maine for the annual Motor Activities Training Day.

Special Olympic athletes with severe to profound intellectual disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in this inspiring skills event, along with a parade of athletes, and awards presentation.

The Motor Activities event takes place each year at the Travis Roy Ice Arena in Yarmouth and is actually run by the NYA Middle School students (grades 6-8) and staff as a way of completing the schools commitment to community service. The students do everything from helping to organize the event, creating posters with words of encouragement, and then actually running the events.

The MAT event is a great opportunity for persons with severe to profound intellectual disabilities to have the opportunity to display skills that they were probably never expected to be able to achieve. They will demonstrate skills in mobility, dexterity, striking, kicking, and the use of wheelchair. For most of us these are skills that we take for granted every day…skills like simply kicking a soccer ball or moving an object from one hand to another. These athletes have been training hard for this weeks event and they are ready to show their stuff.

The MAT event is very adaptable, utilizing a variety of types of adaptable equipment and means for achieving the greatest level of participation. Levels of assistance from the athletes coaches will range from verbal to hand over hand…whatever it takes for the desired results.

Teams will include: Boothbay Region Elementary School, Group Mainstream, MCD Norway, Residential Resources of Maine, Waban projects, Yarmouth and Brunswick.

1:00 Registration

1:15 Warm Ups

1:20 Head Coaches Meeting

1:30 Parade of Athletes

1:45 Motor Activities events

2:30 Medal Presentations

Special Olympics Maine is a year round athletic training and competition program for persons with intellectual disabilities of all ages. In Maine there are nearly 3400 athletes who participate in the program. For more information please visit  www.somaine.org or call Mark Capano at 879-0489


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