August 13, 2018, Bronx, NY: On Friday, August 10, 2018, Unique People Services (UPS) held its Annual Special Olympics games.The event took place at the Mapes Ballfield in the Belmont section of the Bronx. The nonprofit agency, provided adults with intellectual disabilities, an event filled with Olympic inspired
competitions, featuring music, food, and activities.
“UPS strives to create a community where people with intellectual disabilities are welcome and valued, said Ms. Sonji Phillips, UPS Director of Developmental Disabilities Services, “ For adults with intellectual disabilities,this event gives them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience the joy of teamwork.The day is always an inspiring and powerful celebration for all involved.”
The event showcased the awe-inspiring athlete abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities and was also a way for UPS to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.As mentioned on the international Special Olympics website, “The International Special Olympics, is the leading voice in raising awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities---with the goal of inspiring the local and global community to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.”
“Our version of the Special Olympics allows our individuals to reach their highest potential through athletic competitions, feeling joy and making memories”, stated Yvette B. Andre, UPS Executive Director.“Also, thetheme of this year’s international games was ‘Rise with Us’ which we emulated with this year’s event. It is a call to action for all to join the movement to shatter perceptions surrounding people with intellectual disabilities” she further stated.
The UPS Special Olympics also highlights’ the importance of community-building and community inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities and the organization was honored to partnered with Community Board 6 and the NYC Parks and Recreation Department, which provided the free use oflocation for the event.
“I had the best day ever!” stated, one of the event participants, “today we showed that people with disabilities are capable of great achievements, I had a wonderful time!”