MONDAY, MAY 07, 2018: Over 15 students from the Immortelle Centre for Special Education chased away the Monday morning blues with a SOFit workout session hosted by The Special Olympics of Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) on the school’s compound last week.
Special Olympics Fitness - SOFit, is part of an overall Health and Wellness Programme. The programme received Digicel Foundation financial support in September 2017 and is designed to improve and encourage healthy lifestyles for persons with special needs, their families and caregivers as the Foundation seeks to do its part in creating a world where no one is left behind. The Programme acquaints the participants with physical activity, weight management, balanced meals, and general health and wellness.
Fire Officer Leon Hazzard and Innocents Hamilton, SOFit Programme Coordinator, facilitated the resistance training session with the participants. This type of training will help their muscles to regenerate and grow stronger.
Digicel Foundation Project Coordinator, Diana Mathura-Hobson, spoke with some of the participants, who expressed how much they enjoy and look forward to their SOFit sessions because the training inspires them to be better athletes.
Other special needs schools to benefit from the SOFit Health and Wellness Programme this year are: Goodwill Industries, National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), Lady Hochoy School Gasparillo, Lady Hochoy School Penal and the Tobago School for the Deaf, Speech and Language Impaired.
The Digicel Foundation has invested TT$68,500 into this initiative, which runs for an academic year.