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Special Olympics and Passion: Dr.Frank Hayden at TEDxKelowna

From humble beginnings in a school basement in Toronto, Dr. Frank Hayden has changed the face of sport for people with disabilities the world over. A career spanning five decades, his life's work is today renowned as the Special Olympics. To the athletes, it's known as the place where dreams begin. A sport enthusiast and varsity athlete, Frank kept his passion for sport close to his heart while studying science, eventually earning his PhD in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from the University of Illinois. Early in his post-doc career and working at a school, Frank noticed an obvious gap in the care structure for the children with cognitive and learning disabilities. In short, they weren't getting any exercise. He knew that it had nothing to do with capability and everything to do with attitude; that if given the right opportunities, the children with disabilities could reap the same social and physical benefits from sport as any other child. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDx[Kelowna], where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDx[Kelowna] event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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