Special Olympics Pakistan

Mar 24, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Act Of Kindness

By: Kanza Nusrat Khan & Aleena Arshad (Foundation Public School)

A Special Thanks to Usama Ahmed Junaid for making this contribution possible.

SOP, the Special Olympics Pakistan took place on the 16th of March 2012, at the Moin Khan Academy. Different schools, including Foundation Public School (A Level), the Moin Khan Academy team, CAS, World Academy, Head Start and South Shore took part in it. Other than these, students from Jaffar Public School, Habib Public School, and IBA were also present.

SOP, the mission of Special Olympics Pakistan, is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disability. Thus giving them continuing opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in an exchange and sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. People from SOP also represented Pakistan in the Beijing Olympics. They were a great source of pride for Pakistan. Not only this, but they won numerous medals in different sports.

A cricket tournament was organized where different teams belonging to their respective schools participated, but this was not an ordinary match. Every school’s team had 5 of its own students playing and 6 students belonged to the SOP.

Foundation Public School’s (A level) team had a match against South Shore, with FPS (A level) under the captaincy of Humayun Saeed, a well-known celebrity in Pakistan. The team consisted of Abdullah Siddiqui, Mustafa Rajani, Muhammad Taha, Ali Iqbal and Farrukh Abbasi. This match was won by Foundation Public School.

There were special performances by the SOP children and different slides were shown in which SOP’s achievements and their work was highlighted. Young boys and girls from the Head Start School System (Junior Section), held colorful pompoms and did some interesting cheerleading moves to increase confidence, encourage teams and entertain the audience.

Moin Khan was also present to grace the occasion; many other chief guests and well-known faces could also be spotted who came to support the great cause. Many came along with their families. This event was a huge success. More events like this should be organized where we should understand, communicate and learn from these ‘special athletes’, who are a source of dignity for Pakistan. They prove that nothing in this world is impossible to achieve, only if courage, passion and faith in one’s abilities is present.

The writer Ms. Kanza Nusrat Khan is a representative of SOP from Foundation Public School.

 

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