Healthy Athletes


The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well being.

During a Special Olympics New Mexico Healthy Athletes event, Special Olympics athletes receive a variety of health screenings and services in a series of clinics conducted in a welcoming, fun environment. Volunteer health care professionals and students are trained to provide the screenings in an effort to educate the professional community about the health needs and abilities of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Special Olympics New Mexico Healthy Athletes Initiative includes these disciplines:

Data from the Healthy Athletes venues are entered into a Web-based software application called Healthy Athletes Software system (HAS) to constitute the largest database of health data in existence. The health data gathered at events are important for planning, programs, gaining support, improving policies and research.

The success of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes events depends on partnering.

Special Olympics program staff support the work of trained Healthy Athletes volunteers to provide event-based health opportunities for athletes.

Event managers create an environment for positive interaction between health care professionals, other volunteers, and Special Olympics athletes and their families. Products, equipment and cash donations from local, national and international companies help to support the program.

Financial support of governmental and philanthropic sponsors helps the program grow.

Support of the volunteer opportunities offered by Special Olympics Healthy Athletes provides ongoing community network for improved access to health care for Special Olympics athletes — creating a legacy of care.

For more information email healthyathletes@sonm.org or contact Victoria Gonzales by phone at (505) 856-0342.