Breaking the Stigma and Developing Hand-in-Hand through Sport
Alisha and Pradeep are Special Olympics Youth Leaders who are going to make a social impact on the community with the assistance of Youth Leaders, trainers, project mentors, and members of Special Olympics Nepa. Their project will involve the youth of today and change the future of their community in Nepal.
Alisha and Pradeep will implement their Youth Innovation Project in phases. During the first phase, Unified partners and Special Olympics athletes will come together to form Unified Sports teams and train and compete together in sports. During the second phase, social inclusion will grow as these students recruit more members to be involved in the community. The initial participants of the organization will be teamed up with a local group of youth leaders from the local Lion’s Club, referred to as the Leos, and a trainer. These individuals will take part in regular training and participate in recreational sport activities such as basketball and cricket. Every few months, an exhibition game will be held to raise awareness about the club and fundraise for the team’s expenses. As the program expands, it will continue to provide year-round sports engagement and participation for youth with and without ID. The program aims to conduct two recreational sporting events by the end of 2018 under the Special Athletes-Leo Unified Club, reaching out to approximately 200 members including youth with and without intellectual disability.
This project aims to empower youth in the Unified Generation, break down stereotypes, and break down the wall of stigma and isolation around people with intellectual disabilities in Nepal. To Alisha and Pradeep, being part of the Unified Generation means “equality and equity among all and a feeling of humanity and people believing in developing our society hand-in-hand.”