Intellectual Impairment affects 2% of the population: 465+ million people worldwide. Impairment varies significantly and includes intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome and other conditions which can affect a persons ability to do everyday things. INAS supports more than 300,000 people each year, but few receive any financial support towards their kit, competition and travel costs. The financial barrier is often too great and many talented young people simply drop out of sport.
INAS will establish a Global Athlete Foundation to make awards of grants, equipment or other interventions that will help an athlete to achieve their sporting potential. The Foundation will ensure that funds go directly to the most deserving athletes, for example, we might provide a set of professional running shoes because they are not available to an athlete in Africa, or we might subsidise the cost of competition entry for an athlete whose family is not able to work.
The Foundation will support those athletes who have the ability to compete with the best in the world but are limited or unable to do so because of a financial or other barrier. The long term impact will be more international-level athletes with an intellectual impairment and we aim to support up to 200 young people a year. By realising talent and ensuring that people can be their best, we create role models and inspire others.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
The INAS website