Special Olympics goal is to reach out to people with intellectual disabilities in the Clovis/Portales area who have little or no access to healthcare and means of structured physical activity that could improve or even save their lives. Special Olympics offers exercise and physical fitness through sports competition and training.
- Special Olympics Clovis offers exercise and physical fitness through sports competition and training to individuals with intellectual disabilities, empowering them with dignity, acceptance, inclusion, and the chance to reach their full potential.
- Special Olympics Clovis is free of charge to its participants with no paid staff. Approximately 100 unpaid volunteers contributed there time to the program.
- Special Olympics Clovis volunteers serve as coaches and assistant coaches as well as chaperones. They must obtain certification and training from the Special Olympics New Mexico chapter office as well as passing a background check.
The Special Olympics Clovis team grew from 50 athletes to 65 last year. Participating in Special Olympics helps these athletes in many ways. Shelly, 38, is intellectually disabled. She participates in Track & Field, Equestrian and Bowling. She has worked hard in each sport and encourage to become an assistant coach in Equestrian and Bowling. She has taught several other athletes how to do things differently toa be successful in their sport.
Tabby, 32, has autism and only participates in Track & Field. She doesn't like to go out in public much because some people make fun of her. She loves participating with the Special Olympics team. She attended the dinner and dance during the State Games in Albuquerque and had a blast! She was not made fun of and made to feel special.