Core Value 3 – #4
It’s all about the dance.
Years ago one of our Special Olympics athletes wanted to “modify” the Special Olympics oath from “Let me win, but if I can not win, let me brave in the attempt” to “Let me win, but if I can not win, let there be one heck of a dance.” He was kidding (kind of) but I am reminded of his words at every State Competition Victory Dance, a place where enthusiasm and full-participation take on a whole new meaning.
Someone would be hard-pressed to find a dance more fun than a Special Olympics dance because #1 – no one sits down, #2- having a dance partner isn’t required, and #3 – every dancer is free to do and be.
Dance educators have a long list of the benefits of dance – coordination, creative expression, confidence, and communication to name just a few. Those are all valid, but the benefit I love most has to do with eliminating one of the greatest challenges people with intellectual disabilities face – social isolation. Our dances are well-attended for a reason and just so you know – there’s always room for more.