Special Olympics program returns to Revere

February 14, 2017

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

REVERE — Children with intellectual disabilities can complete fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth while competing in The Special Olympics Young Athletes program.

Back for its second year in a row, The Young Athletes program, the free, six-week session, will begin March 11. Sessions will be every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Paul Revere School gymnasium on Revere Street.

“We’re excited to once again host the Special Olympics in our community,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo in a statement. “My office and the Revere Public Schools are committed to working with Revere parents to help give all of our kids opportunities to thrive.”

The program, intended for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 to 7, returned to the city last year after a long absence. It serves as an introduction to sports and the world of Special Olympics and helps children develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

According to the Special Olympics website, parents of children involved develop better social skills and become more confident, which helps them to talk and play with their peers. The events also serve as a networking event for parents of children with disabilities.

Since the program is volunteer-driven, anyone who would like to help should contact Enza Goodwin at 781-485-7163 or email etumb@comcast.net. Children can be registered to participate at SpecialOlympicsMA.org.

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Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemilve.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.