Special Olympics Equine Programs in Levy & Marion Counties

The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.

As the Horse Capital of the World, Ocala Marion County and the neighboring Lecy County have very active equestrian sports programs in the Special Olympics.

Big Lick Gives donated in support of these programs in January of 2023 to help support their mission to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through engaging with horses.

Learn more about the Special Olympics on their website.

The photo is taken by Maven Photo and Film and is from the 2021 Special Olympics Florida State Equestrian Championships at the World Equestrian Center in Marion County, FL.

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