On January 22, 2020, Weyburn EMS members Jason Roy, Jason Schmidt, Rikki Miller, Troy Miller and Daniel Kelly laced up their shoes to face off against their community’s local Special Olympics floor hockey team. This is the second time the groups have hosted a friendly game.
“The Special Olympics floor hockey team is often looking for people to practice against,” said Steph Schmidt, a Weyburn Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). “They had approached us last year and we really enjoyed it, so we did it again this year.”
Special Olympic programs provide participants with physical fitness, improved balance, coordination and body control, competitive skills, and an increase in self-confidence and social skills. Community programs are offered in 16 communities across Saskatchewan and are often run by volunteers.