Sports Programs for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Howe International Consulting Group (HICG) has a long history of supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities. During the first annual DPRK ice hockey tournament, we partnered with local organizations to run sports programs for children with intellectual disabilities at a children’s center in Pyongyang. Prior to engaging in this project, we were unsure what to expect. To our delight, we were met by parents and caregivers with the same aspirations for the children that we witness in Canada.
This experience inspired us to continue our efforts, with the hope of encouraging the adoption of similar programs across the country and supporting their development. In the near future, we hope to prepare local people and athletes for their first international competitions in 2019.
Participants of the Howe International Friendship League can feel proud knowing that their vacation helped contribute to the local community that they visited. We donate a portion of all regular tour package fees to assist local sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
It is our belief, that by focusing efforts on the development of sport and physical activities, DPRK athletes with intellectual disabilities will be able to participate in upcoming international events. Through success in sport and thanks to wide public exposure, a more comprehensive program could then emerge and lead to long term improvements in the condition of people living with intellectual disabilities.