Special Olympics Northern California hosted a multi-state West Coast Health Messenger Conference during July 2023 in Oakland.
Athletes and mentors from Special Olympics NorCal, Special Olympics Southern California, Special Olympics Nevada, Special Olympics Alaska and Special Olympics Idaho gathered for a weekend of training and fun activities. Classes included health disparities and communication, fitness, nutrition, gameday mindsets and self-advocacy. Athletes and mentors also enjoyed social activities including a trip to San Francisco’s Pier 39 and a basketball skills session at the former practice facility for the Golden State Warriors.
“I want to make sure everyone understands that being healthy is important – in life and in sports,” said Justin V., a Health Messenger from NorCal.
Health Messengers are Special Olympics Athlete Leaders who are trained to promote healthy habits to their teammates and work with providers and students to bring awareness to care disparities in the healthcare system. Congrats to our new Health Messengers!