Passion, in all of its forms, is something that can’t be contained, much less stopped. Desire to pursue one’s love of sport is no different. No matter the circumstance, this desire won’t be held back by those things many would consider to be disabilities.
Because of sport’s rehabilitative nature, the pursuit of sport could actually be mentally and physically beneficial in helping the athletic hopefuls become physically stronger and, at the same time, instill a sense of active participation and engagement with other people.
In the Philippines, there are a number of organizations that aim to help the disabled get involved in sport, catering to those with special needs, as well as open sporting events, where they can compete. And with several regional and international competitions opening up, who knows how far they can go on their love of sports?
Here are some of the organizations and events you or someone you know can try out:
Address: Room 101, Building EPhilsports Complex Mercalo Avenue, Pasig City
Contact Number: (+ 632) 635-0375
Formerly known as PHILSPADA-NPC Philippines (or the Association for the Differently Abled), the National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines is the national sports association for Filipino athletes with impairments. Their main task is to oversee and manage all activities related to sports and physical activities of Filipinos with disabilities. They also gather the necessary funding needed to send qualified athletes to various local and international sporting competitions, in addition to hosting their own competition, the Paralympic Open.
Organized by the Philippine Paralympic Committee, this tournament aims to tap talented individuals who may compete in future Paralympics. Hundreds of persons with disabilities participate in various tournaments, which include basketball, chess, swimming, and bowling, among others.
PHILIPPINE SPORTS FEDERATION OF THE DEAF
Address: 11 Santa Fe Street San Francisco del Monte Quezon City 11-5
The Phil-Sports Federation of the Deaf (PSFD) caters to different sports activities in national and international levels. It was established in 2007 during the 4th National Congress of the Deaf and 6th General Assembly of Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD), held in San Mateo Rizal.
Address: Room 134, U.P. Alumni Center University of the Philippines Diliman, QC
Contact Number: +63 2 9 266 947
Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities. They provide sports training and athletic events both for children and adults. The sports they offer include football, swimming, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and plenty more.