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Let’s talk football

Let’s talk football

The universal language of football is raw and visceral. It is emotionally charged and dramatically powerful. It is a unifying force that can forge life-changing bonds among the most diverse of groups.

A leap towards inclusion

A leap towards inclusion

I have been a volunteer football coach with Special Olympics Singapore for seven years. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

It wasn’t just special, it was extraordinary

It wasn’t just special, it was extraordinary

Sports gave these athletes a platform to change minds and hearts. In return, they made sports better. I was involved with Special Olympics Asia Pacific last year when we created this very website.

Better versions of ourselves

Better versions of ourselves

With these special children, I learn as much from them as I hope they do from me. I remember the day that one of my Special Olympics athletes fainted on the field. We were conducting try-outs for the football team.

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E., our engine to drive Respect, Acceptance, Change and Equality for people with intellectual disabilities. We are more similar than we are different, so why discriminate? Hear our voices. Feel our fears. Share our joy as we race to the finish line.

Blessed to serve

Blessed to serve

As a medical practitioner, I consider myself blessed to be able to serve others. I have always wanted to do something out of the routine medical practice of a podiatrist. Special Olympics Bharat (India) has given me a platform to do so.

A world of equality and love

A world of equality and love

They are no less than us; we are all equal. Growing up with a cousin with cerebral palsy has shaped my perception of people with intellectual disabilities from a young age. Although she is non-verbal, I don’t find it hard to communicate with her.

Have an open heart and mind

Have an open heart and mind

My year-long journey as a volunteer with Special Olympics Singapore has been absolutely rewarding. I have stepped out of my comfort zone to take part in a sport I barely knew anything about.

My commitment as a coach

My commitment as a coach

It’s good to challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort zone. My mantra, as a volunteer coach with Special Olympics Singapore, is to be patient and caring. It takes time for athletes with intellectual disabilities to learn, develop and hone their skills. 

My sport partner and friend

My sport partner and friend

In Johannes, I have found a lifelong sport partner and friend. When I first picked up badminton, it was largely a recreational sport I played with my family members.