Some of the best things that happen during the summer are the special events that grab the world’s attention — events such as the Summer Paralympic Games. This year London, England will host the Summer Paralympic Games between August 29th and September 9th.
The Paralympic Games differ from the Special Olympics World Games.
Like the Special Olympics World Games, the Paralympic Games take place alternatively in summer and winter. However, the Paralympic Games differ from the Special Olympics World Games. How?
Athletes must have an intellectual disability to compete in the Special Olympics World Games. To compete in the Paralympic Games, athletes must have a physical disability. These physical disabilities may include “blindness, mobility disabilities, amputations, and cerebral palsy.”
The Paralympic Games are a big deal, to say the least. In fact, over 1 million tickets were sold for the 2012 Games during the first three weeks that they were available for purchase. These are record ticket sales for the Paralympic Games.
The Summer 2012 Paralympic Games will boast 42,000 athletes.
These athletes will hail from 160 countries and will take on 20 different types of sports. The Paralympic Games athletes will overcome what some view as insurmountable obstacles just to compete in the Games. This inspiration in action is what keeps the whole world watching the Paralympic Games.
The last Paralympic Summer Games were held in Beijing in 2008. To watch videos from Beijing’s Games, see http://www.paralympic.org/paralympic-games/beijing-2008.
Follow the Summer 2012 Paralympic Games.
If by any chance you would like to travel to London to see the Paralympic Games for yourself, you can purchase tickets here.
Catch up on sporting events from past Paralympic Games.
If you love watching videos online, http://www.paralympic.org/Videos/videos-archive?category=Paralympic%20Games will be a valuable link for you. It will lead you to the Paralympic Games’ video archive. Also, by visiting http://www.paralympic.org/ParalympicGames you can watch video clips of past Paralympic Games sporting events.
This summer, let the 2012 Paralympic Games in London inspire you to be the best you can be.
Mark August 29th-September 9th on your schedule and be sure to tune into the 2012 Paralympic Games. You will be motivated to dream bigger, set new goals, and realize that anything is possible if you refuse to give up!
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Let’s Talk About It
The Summer 2012 Paralympic Games sold over 1 million tickets during the first 3 weeks that they were available for purchase. What does this tell you about society’s interest in the world’s disability community?
Have you ever watched the Paralympic Games? If so, were you encouraged by them?