The week of awareness commenced with an official opening address by the Minister with responsibility for Sport and Youth, Mr. Glenn Phillip.
In the speech that was broadcast on national radio on Saturday, Minister Phillip highlighted the successes of Special Olympics in St. Kitts and Nevis on and off the field as it works to develop special athletes. He also noted the contributions of the staff of the Cotton-Thomas Comprehensive School and other partners of the organization.
On Sunday 13th, a service was held at the Church of God, Durant Avenue. The following day, Monday 14th, Board members and others were scheduled to visit various primary and secondary schools throughout the island, to sensitize young people about the challenges faced and contributions made by the athletes of Special Olympics. On Tuesday, persons are encouraged to tangibly display their support for the movement by purchasing a small tag.
Wednesday, 16th November is dubbed Appreciation Day and dignitaries as well as public and private sector agencies will host athletes at various activities. The day will be capped with an appreciation reception at Government House to be hosted by Governor General His Excellency Sir Cuthbert Sebastian.
Other activities include a 7:00 pm. panel discussion at the University of the West Indies Open Campus, on 17th November, a street parade on 18th November, and a gospel concert at the Church of God at Durant Avenue on19th November.
Activities will conclude on 26th November, 2011 with a Health Fitness Run.