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Healthy Athletes

Healthy Athletes is a program that provides free healthcare screenings to Special Olympics Texas athletes in a fun, relaxing environment.

What is Healthy Athletes?

Healthy Athletes is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist.

The Healthy Athletes program has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Texas offers the following free health screenings to its athletes:

If a screening reveals that an athlete needs hearing aids, glasses (including sport glasses) or orthotics, those items are provided to the athlete free of charge, thanks to generous grants provided by health-related companies.

Special Olympics Texas provides approximately 1,500 health screenings annually at the Winter Games, Summer Games and Fall Classic state competitions.

Importance and Impact

Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better typically receive sub-standard care or virtually no health care at all.

Health screenings have found that Special Olympics athletes are at risk for increased secondary health issues:

  • 50% have at least one kind of skin or nail condition
  • 37% have obvious, untreated tooth decay
  • 27% fail hearing tests
  • 22% have low bone density
  • 15% have an eye disease

How Can I Help?

Sponsor

Provide financial support or facilities/clinics for Healthy Athletes screenings

Recruit

Ask your doctors, dentists, etc. if they would like to volunteer at our next clinic

Volunteer

Physicians are needed to volunteer for the disciplines.

  1. Submit a cover letter/ resume
  2. Attend a three-day training
  3. Make a 3-year commitment

For More Information

Contact your area office, or the Director of Field Services (Chapter office) at 1.800.876.5646 or dir_fs.chp@sotx.org.