Saturday marked the kickoff to a year long celebration of Special Olympics 50th anniversary.
It also marked the provincially designated Global Day of Inclusion.
That was celebrated by the Saskatchewan chapter at Douglas Park, with hundreds of athletes, volunteers, community members and more showing up for a massive event.
“It’s one thing to have the longevity, but for us, what’s more important is the change we’ve seen in 50 years for people with intellectual disabilities,” said CEO of Special Olympics Saskatchewan Faye Matt. “50 years ago, folks were often secluded from society and shunned in the shadows. And now, we see a world where inclusion is good for all of us.”
Matt said Special Olympics will be the tool they use to bring inclusion to all of Saskatchewan.
“Our athletes really have no hangups,” she said. “They want to enjoy life, they want to participate. And when you’re a volunteer enabling that, you really receive that same kind of joy as well.”