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Page content starts here Through Special Olympics, more than 5 million athletes — and their families — are discovering that a bright future lies ahead. Special Olympics Family Leadership and Support brings your family a variety of ways you can become more supported, connected, honored and knowledgeable.

Families with members who have intellectual disabilities are like other families; however, having a family member with special needs can sometimes introduce new and different challenges for families in their everyday lives.

Special Olympics Idaho offers families the opportunity to be a part of a year-round sports training and competition program which not only provides the entire family with opportunities for sports, social interaction and fun, but also serves as a much-needed support system.

The Family Support Network provides a programmatic structure in which Special Olympics families reach out to new families to welcome them into the Special Olympics community. Family Support Network objectives — to support families, to develop partnerships with community organizations, to train new Family Leaders — all contribute to Special Olympics' primary goal of increasing the number of athletes participating in the movement worldwide.

The Family Support Network is based on the premise that the family members of present and future Special Olympics athletes are valuable and have an important role to play in Special Olympics outreach. The Family Support Network connects Special Olympics families with new families of an individual with intellectual disabilities and provides supportive links and information.

The Family Support Network creates opportunities for family members to:
  • Become advocates for the Special Olympics movement;
  • Match families to share ideas, issues and common interests;
  • Volunteer in their loved one's athletic training; and
  • Encourage new families who can benefit from Special Olympics to join.

For more information on resources for family members and how your family can get involved, contact the Special Olympics Idaho office.

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