Haileybury Almaty has been actively cooperating with the Special Olympics Kazakhstan for 10 years and helping to organize and conduct sport competitions for children with intellectual disabilities of 8 years and older. Every year, at the end of June, the school provides athletes with sports facilities at no cost. It allows children to develop physically, experience joy, be friends with other athletes and the society. Staff members and Upper School pupils also take part in the camp as volunteers.
About 50 athletes on average attend the summer sports camp during the season. Some of them live with their families; some come from urban boarding schools, as well as from day care centers for children with disabilities, neuropsychiatric pathologies, from a rehabilitation center for children and adolescents with disabilities, and regional centers supporting disabled people.
Special Olympics is an international organization aiming to help people with intellectual disabilities to become full members of society, participating productively in public life, providing them with fair opportunities to demonstrate their talents by means of sports and promote the public awareness of their capabilities and needs.
The Special Olympics movement was created in Kazakhstan in 1990. It was accredited by the Special Olympics Inc. (SOI) and recognized by the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It has been a part of 58 countries of the European-Eurasian region since 1993, being the largest, most stable and successfully developing Special Olympics program.
There are about 20,500 athletes, children from orphanages and boarding schools, home children and adults with intellectual disabilities taking part in 25 summer and winter sports within Kazakhstan's Special Olympics movement. They actively participate in competitions at the local level, in the Special Olympics of Kazakhstan, and the national teams of Kazakhstan win medals and strengthen the country's authority in the international community.
Thanks to the power of the sport, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths, abilities and capabilities in themselves and achieve success. Our athletes are charged with optimism and confidence in their abilities both on the sports field and in everyday life. They also inspire people and society to open their hearts to the full perception of human talents and opportunities.