Recently, MetLife Volunteers got the opportunity of partaking in numerous athletic & art activities with Special Olympians in Dubai, UAE.
As part of the Community Week of Metlife which is an initiative sponsored by MetLife Foundation, 33 MetLife volunteers united 2 with 5 Young Athletes, for a complete day filled with activities at Dubai Sports World. Introduced by Special Olympics, Young Athletes is an inclusive sport & play program for kids, aged between two & seven years old, with & without intellectual disabilities.
To begin the day, teams were made by the volunteers with the Young Athletes for painting & creating a collaborative “health” themed canvas. The element of art in the activities, which was introduced by Special Olympics UAE this year, was popular with both volunteers and athletes. The rest part of the day was spent off by the MetLife volunteers pairing up with the Young Athletes for participating in sports activities & obstacle courses targeted at developing the motor skills of the Young Athletes.
This is the 3rd consecutive year of the alliance between MetLife & Special Olympics with the mutual purpose of expanding Special Olympics Young Athletes all across the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. The program backs up the rich tradition of MetLife supporting the communities it operates and serves in.
The General Manager of MetLife Gulf, Dimitris Mazarakis, stated that we are proud of partnering up with Special Olympics. At MetLife, our Community Week is a brilliant opportunity for our employees for giving back to the communities in which we work and live.
The Initiatives Director at Special Olympics UAE, Layla Al Hajjaj stated that it is always a delight to welcome MetLife volunteers during their Community Week activities. It is vital to provide support and empower young people with intellectual disabilities through group activities & involve their families.