Special Children join SPED Olympics

LINGAYEN —- More than 400 special children participated in the one-day SPED Olympics with the theme “Awareness, Acceptance, Development of the Children with Special Needs to the Fullest.”

Held last Thursday, December 4 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC), the event was organized by the Pangasinan Division 1 in cooperation with the provincial government and Kiwanis Club of Progressive Pangasinan.

Special children aged 3 – 16 years old participated in athletics, long jump, standing long jump, discus throw, shot put, bocce, vocal solo and group dance competitions.

Board Member Nestor D. Reyes, representing Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., hailed the special sports event for special children and thanked the parents and teachers for their CARE (an acronym for Cherish-Accept-Respect-Enjoy to help the special children to live a normal life.

Meanwhile, Bernadette B. Mangaoang, president of the Kiwanis Club of Progressive Pangasinan, said the SPED Olympics, a project with high impact on the special children, will be the club’s entry to the Kiwanis International Centennial celebration next year. “The Kiwanis International is committed to serve the children with special needs with an aim to build self-confidence and self-esteem of every special child in the whole world,” she said.

Children with special needs include those with hearing and visual impairment, autism, physically handicapped, children with Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and mentally-challenged. (PIO)

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