Special Olympics

Trump backs off proposed Special Olympics funding cuts

  His remarks came a day after education secretary Betsy DeVos was criticised for defending a proposed $17.6m (£13.5m) cut to the organisation, which is designed for disabled children.

The request was included in Mr Trump's $4.75tn federal budget, which was not expected to pass Congress.

Mrs DeVos responded she had pushed for funding "behind the scenes".

"I heard about it this morning. I have overridden my people. We're funding the Special Olympics," Mr Trump said of the world's largest sport organisation for people with intellectual disabilities.

Talitah Project hosts Young Athletes Program

Talitah Project Team hosted the Young Athletes Program today with disabled children at the age of 2-10 years old in preparation for the Special Olympics. Young Athletes Program is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2-10 years old.

Young athletes are introduced to basic sport skills like running, kicking, throwing.

It offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports and they all benefit. 

Tonga’s Special Olympics team wins medals

These were the words of Tonga’s Minister for Health, Dr Saia Piukala, while welcoming back the team that represented the country to the Special Olympics in California.

Dr Piukala said Tonga was proud of their achievement, putting Tonga on the world map for the Special Olympics.

He said the team was the best ever to represent the country brining back medals and honour.

Tomasi Ma'asi of Lapaha received gold in the 100m and a bronze in 200m.

Special Olympics: Suriname's Latoya Danning wins bronze

"Very well, she did very well, and we are very proud,"  Franklyn Cameron, assistant head of delegation for Suriname, told Digicel SportsMax after the performance. 

Special Olympics: Games get off to flying start

Digicel SportsMax's Lance Whittaker is on the ground in Los Angeles to share all the highlights.