This April our Recreation Department began a new adaptive sports option called Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) for the participants who are unable to participate in other Special Olympics events due to low physical or cognitive skill levels.
MATP is for athletes who don’t yet have the skills to participate in a competitive environment. It aims to develop their motor skills with tasks such as pushing a ball, or stepping across a low bar. Many of these athletes have physical disabilities, as well as learning disabilities so the program is set up to enable each participant to engage in appropriate recreational activities geared to their ability level.
Through this program, participants are able to grow in skills necessary to one day join a Special Olympics team.
Our Recreation Specialist Ginny Luptak said, “We want everyone to have fun and have an opportunity to be part of Special Olympics. We also want to continually provide new recreational options for as many participants as we can, getting them involved and helping them grow.”
Training and participation is typically done on site and introduces individuals to age and functionally appropriate motor and sports activities.
These activities include:
• Mobility – leading to gymnastics
• Dexterity – leading to athletics
• Striking – leading to softball
• Kicking – leading to soccer
• Wheelchair – leading to athletics
• Aquatics – leading to swimming
So far, 20 participants are already signed up for this program and we are hopeful that this will launch into an exciting new opportunity here at Lambs Farm!