Girls from Kilifi County to Represent Africa in Special Olympics in US
A team of girls from Kilifi County has been selected to represent Kenya and Africa in the first ever Special Olympics Unified Football Cup set for July 17, this year in Chicago, United States of America.
The team that comprises of disabled girls with high expectations of emerging winners at the Olympics was flagged off on Thursday at Lion Service Centre in Kangemi by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Kasim Farah.
Farah said the government will meet all the expenses of the team during the period, noting that any award won by the girls will be rewarded with cash by the Ministry.
“Those who will get gold, will be given Sh. 1 million, silver will receive sh. 750,000 while winners of bronze will get 500,000 respectively,” said Farah.
Speaking at the event, the Director of Special Olympics Kenya, Susan Mosila, commended the girls for their victory after beating their contestants in all the grassroots games.
“We are so proud of these girls for their achievement, despite the hardships they face in their county they have overcome all the challenges to represent the whole of Africa,” said Mosila and added that they have proven to the community that the girl-child has a voice even though they are hardly given a chance to showcase their talents.
Mosila added that Special Olympics Kenya when selecting the special children they look for certain features such as the ability to do certain things besides their disability.
“We target to see what is not seen by everyone else since we see children as differently abled and not disabled as the normal eye sees,” added the Director.
Lion Service Centre which has partnered with Special Olympics Kenya to provide the players with medical services.
Kenya has approximately 1.2 million people with intellectual disabilities, of which only 60,000 participate in the Special Olympics.
She at the same time appealed to Kenyans to create awareness of the Special Olympics to enable persons with any disability participate.
By Virginia Njoroge