First Lady treats special Olympic team to an early Christmas party


First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has challenged Kenyan families to offer opportunities to children with disabilities so as to develop themselves.

She said one way of helping such children is by enrolling them into sports.

She pointed out that programmes, especially sports helps in developing their psychomotor, cognitive as well as physical and social skills.

“If they become physically fit, then they will be able to do more to become productive members of society like everybody else,” said the First Lady.

She was speaking at State House Nairobi when she treated the Kenyan Special Olympic team to an early Christmas party.

She praised the athlete’s achievements, saying they continue to offer hope to thousands of others with similar challenges who have been unable to unleash their full potential because their families still live in denial and refuse to offer them opportunities.

The First Lady said statistics indicate that 3 per cent of any population has people with disabilities.

In Kenya, said the First Lady, we have at least 1.2 million people with such challenges the majority of whom have no access to any help.

The Kenyan Special Olympic team had an impressive performance in this year’s 14th edition of Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Los Angeles, USA.

The team bagged a total 42 medals -22 gold, two silver and 18 bronze to top the tables globally. This was the best ever performance by the Team Kenya that was represented by 51 athletes.

The performance surpassed the 35 medals including 21 gold, 13 silver and a bronze the country won at the last Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Athens Greece in 2011.

This years’ games had attracted 7,000 athletes from 177 countries and Kenya took part in six disciplines including football, athletics, swimming, basketball and handball.

She applauded the team’s determination and spirit to overcome the limitations of their disabilities; adding that all human beings are gifted differently.

“I want you to know that both the President and I are so proud of you. You are true heroes and heroines of our beloved country. Kenyan runners, including those with physical challenges like yourself continue to be the pride of the country,” said the First Lady.


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