Sunday, May 3, 2020

Omaha, Nebraska


Special Olympics Nebraska

Special Olympics Nebraska was founded in 1972 to offer opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities through sport, health and education initiatives. We now serve more than 5,000 individuals in more than 110 communities and in numerous classrooms throughout Nebraska. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, and other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Girls, Inc.

Girls Inc. has been inspiring girls in Omaha to be strong, smart and bold for 38 years. We help girls overcome economic, social, and gender barriers to growing up healthy, educated, and independent.

We provide:

A safe, nurturing environment. We provide reliable transportation to our centers, hot meals, daily homework help, access to computer labs, and counseling services. Girls are mentored by caring adults.

Hands-on, minds-on programs in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Literacy; Health & Wellness; Art; College & Career Prep; and more. Educational programs. Girls learn to create resumes and interview for jobs; to change the oil in a car; and how to use fitness equipment and to cook healthy food. They learn to budget and they open savings accounts. They are encouraged to develop leadership skills and to take risks.

Opportunities for life experiences girls wouldn’t otherwise have and to simply have some fun. Girls go camping, make s’mores, go to the opera, get library cards, and have sleepovers. They play on a supervised playground, join book clubs, have pizza parties, compete on a soccer team, bake cookies, and go on field trips. They give each other manicures. They travel. Girls garden and dance and sing.


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