Entrepreneurs use Microsoft Teams to develop their app. When Grace, a Special Olympics athlete and global youth leader from New Zealand, heard that a friend of hers had to miss a long-awaited competition due to transportation issues, her response was to help build an app that ensured other athletes wouldn’t run into similar problems. She teamed up with fellow global youth leader Jack, and the pair worked on a project designed to connect Special Olympics athletes with transportation. The app is still in development, and is called “Athletes on the Go.”
While transportation can be a challenge for athletes with disabilities, it’s not the only obstacle they face. Lack of access to sports facilities and equipment, exclusion from school physical education classes, and negative attitudes from classmates and teachers are just some of the other issues that athletes with disabilities have to contend with.
But Grace and Jack are determined to make a difference. They’re using their platform as global youth leaders to raise awareness about the barriers that athletes with disabilities face and to call for change. And they’re not alone in their efforts; other global youth leaders from around the world are also working to break down barriers and create more inclusive communities for all.
So far, their efforts are paying off. In just a few short months, they’ve already made progress in getting the transportation app “Athletes on the Go” off the ground, and they’re continuing to spread the word about the importance of inclusion for athletes with disabilities. With the support of their fellow global youth leaders, they’re showing the world that anything is possible when we work together to create a more inclusive world for all.
When COVID-19 threatened to stall the project’s momentum, the duo quickly turned to Microsoft Teams to collaborate and continue developing their app, making sure their inclusive initiative didn’t miss a beat. Microsoft Teams enabled them to communicate across continents and stay on track with their plans.
“Athletes on the Go” is now available in the Microsoft App Store, and the team is continuing to work on new features and enhancements.
Global youth leaders like Grace and Jack are proof that when we work together, we can create a more inclusive world for all. Their efforts to break down barriers and create opportunities for athletes with disabilities are an inspiration to us all. We can all learn from their example and do our part to build a more inclusive society for everyone.
The “Athletes on the Go” app is just one example of how technology can be used to create a more inclusive world. With the right tools and support, we can all make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Let’s continue to work together to build a better future for everyone.