For The Kids (FTK), a mini-olympics for special needs, marked its 30th year with the theme Atlantis: Discovering Hidden Treasures”. The event was held last January 20,2019 at the Cory Aquino Democratic Space of the De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila campus. Hundreds of volunteers assisted around 600 children from 35 partner centers and communities.
DLSU students became the “buddy” or “ate/kuya” of our little angels who spent all day playing and bonding with them. This year, a total of seventeen (17) students from both Stepping Stone Makati and Sucat campus joined the FTK.
The event started at 8am with a mass, followed by the Mini Olympic games at 10am. Parents and teachers also had their own activities while waiting for their children during the games. Parents and teachers participated in ice cream making and a seminar for financial management. The event was designed to engage both students and parents.
FTK provided participants with fun games such as basketball, football, ring toss, grass skirt relay and also featured various booths on crafts and arts, among others.
During the event, our kids became very excited with the games. Each one labored to finish their games and smiles were evident when they received their medals. Their buddies also enjoyed playing and bonding with the kids plus they got to exercise as they had to keep up with the energy levels of our kids.
Activities and events like these are very helpful for our kids to develop their skills like eye-hand coordination, balance, strength of their hand and wrist, their speed in running and even coping with their sensory issues.
The Center for Social Concern and Action-Lasallian Outreach and Volunteer Effort organized the event.