Special Olympics Cayman Islands or SOCI is a non-profit programme of sports training that caters to athletes with intellectual disabilities from 5 years old and up. Strongly based on the premise that with sports training and competition, athletes lead fuller, more self-sufficient lives, and are able to achieve success on and off the field of competition.
"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"
Special Olympics Athletes Oath
Our athletes have the opportunity to take part in national, regional and worldwide Special Olympics competitions, like the Caribbean Regional Games and the Special Olympic World Summer Games held every four years.
SOCI is a member of Special Olympics International (SOI), the largest sporting organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities offering training and competition in more than 30 winter and summer sports.
Special Olympics Caribbean (SOC) serves as an umbrella organization in supporting Special Olympics programmes across the Caribbean.
In 1989, SOCI became a registered non-profit organization in the Cayman Islands, and exists today with a membership of approximately 80 active athletes, providing year-round training and competition in: Athletics, Aquatics, Bocce, Football, Basketball and MATP (Motor Adaptive Training Programme). It is primarily a volunteer organization with the major source of funding coming from donations and fund-raising activities. There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics.
Our programmes also include:
- Athlete Leadership Programme (ALPS) – where athletes are trained to be global messengers, officials, coaches and board members
- Motor Adaptive Training Programme (MATP) – for those athletes with more severe physical disabilities
- Healthy Athletes focuses on 7 areas of athlete’s physical health and well-being – eyes, feet, teeth, hearing, nutrition, fitness levels and sports physicals
- Families Outreach – family members have the opportunity to participate in fun activities with their athletes
- Unified Sports – an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) but similar sporting ability, on sports teams for training and competition.
- Coaches and Volunteers’ training and certification