Local athletes in Orlando with and without intellectual disabilities were welcomed to the team’s hotel by Christian Eriksen, Kieran Trippier, Josh Onomah and Will Miller for a Q&A, before the boys signed autographs and posed for photos. The activity kicked off our tour-wide support of Special Olympics, with football clinics set to take place in New York and Nashville.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities – with more than 5.7 million athletes in 172 countries. It aims to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults.
The Club’s relationship with the charity began on a local level in 2007, with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation delivering Unified Football sessions throughout the local community in partnership with Special Olympics GB. By 2009, the Club had been announced as a Global Partner of Special Olympics.
Recent programmes in India and Singapore have seen specialist disability football coaches from the Foundation deliver educational workshops to local coaches. In both instances, members of the Official Supporters’ Clubs have assisted the Foundation coaches, helping break down cultural and language barriers.