Special Olympics Southern California athletes took photos of flowers at Palisades Park during a Santa Monica Close¬up special Photography Workshop on Saturday.
The Santa Monica Close-up Photography Workshop is a three-week photo class led by Photojournalist Fabian Lewkowicz.
Lewkowicz is a freelance press photographer and publishes SantaMonicaCloseup.com, a photo journal of every-day life in Santa Monica.
Special Olympics changes lives by providing year-round sports training and competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics is more than a sports program for people with intellectual disabilities. It is training for life. Special Olympics athletes are five times more likely to hold a job than the general population of people with intellectual disabilities. They are also more physically fit, have more friends, and learn to set goals for themselves.
Special Olympics helps build the self-confidence of a person with intellectual disabilities so they can work and give back to their community. It drives the athletes’ determination so they can overcome hurdles. It gives families hope that their children, siblings, and relatives will achieve their potential. It provides people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to shine.
For more information, visit www.sosc.org.