Sunday was a very special day for East Meath United as they welcomed all of the athletes from Eastern Region Special Olympics Ireland to Ministown for Day four of the Special Olympics (SOI) Football Blitz.
Teams from Dundrum, United Warriors, Cheeverstown, Magpies, Speisialta Braves and Sports Club had a busy day of soccer and what a spectacular show it was. Brilliant to see all these wonderful footballers in action.
There were no yellow or red cards handed out, though a tackle or two with spectacular goals that would go down well in the Premier League or Match of the day. A day of great sportsmanship was shown by all and welcoming to see.
Chairwoman of EMU, and local Fine Gael Councillor, Sharon Tolan said “this is a proud day for our club to open our facilities to Special Olympics Ireland. Following on from the introduction of our Football For All Programme, we were delighted to be in a position to showcase the skills of the Eastern Region teams of SOI at our club grounds in Ministown on Sunday. It is so important that we do all we can to ensure inclusion for all in sport and in every walk of life, and at East Meath Utd FC we are really enjoying the experience.
Who are the Eastern Region?
Special Olympics Eastern Region provides year round sports training and competition to over 2,100 people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics changes lives.
Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. Special Olympics Ireland enables their athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.
The regional boundaries extend from Balbriggan in North County Dublin to South County Dublin, Bray and along the east coast to Arklow. It also caters for athletes living in the east Kildare towns of Celbridge, Maynooth and Leixlip.
The mission of Special Olympics Ireland is "to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community."
Their vision is to build the programme offered by Special Olympics Ireland so that every person with a learning disability has the opportunity, in their local community, to participate in high quality sport and development activities that bring life-changing experiences of increased skills, self-confidence and joy.
"Let me win but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt"
Thanks to SOI for a great day!
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