Healthy athletes make happy athletes and the Special Olympics Cayman Islands is focusing on making sure all of their athletes are in tip-top shape.
Organizers say the annual event was started because most of the athletes do not have proper medical care and this opportunity allows athletes to be screened annually by medical professionals.
This year will focus on Fit Feet, Healthy Hearing and Opening Eyes, but of course nurses and doctors will be on site to cover everything from skin checks to nutrition and dentistry.
Nick Freeland, SOCI board member says Healthy Athlete’s Day ensures people with intellectual disabilities get a good health screening once a year.
“It’ probably most important for the educational aspect of it and our athletes face challenges obviously and I think may not have the best health care and therefore to alert parents and if there is an issue, before it becomes a major issue is part of what this programme is about.”
Healthy Athletes Day is open to anyone with intellectual disabilities and will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m – 6 p.m. at the Mary Miller Hall.