The Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program
is a vision and eye health screening in partnership with the Lions Clubs
International Foundation. Opening Eyes is able to offer prescription
eyewear, sunglasses and sports goggles to Special Olympics athletes free
Strong Minds helps Special Olympics athletes strengthen their coping skills
and develop active strategies for maintaining emotional wellness. Athletes are introduced to a variety
of meditation, breathing and stretching techniques and receive a resource packet that includes tips
for dealing with stress as well as informational sheets for family members and caregivers.
Fit Feet helps Special Olympics athletes step lively on the playing field and in everyday life. Many
athletes suffer from foot and ankle pain, or deformities that impair their performance. In fact, up to 50
percent of Special Olympics athletes experience one or more preventable or treatable foot conditions
that can affect their sports participation. Often, these individuals are not fitted with the best shoes and
socks for their particular sport. Fit Feet works with athletes to evaluate problems of the feet, ankles
and lower extremity biomechanics and make recommendations on the needed equipment.
Healthy Athletes disciples are conducted by certified volunteers in the respective fields and are offered
at the Summer Games and a variety of regional tournaments throughout the year. More information is
available at www.SONC.org/HealthyAthletes.
*Opening Eyes is not available at the 2017 Summer Games