Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics Health® is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.

South Carolina Special Olympics Health offers several disciplines that provide free health screenings for athletes and unified partners. These disciplines are offered during Summer and Fall State Games and is free of charge.

Clinicians will also give referrals to local physicians for follow up care, if needed.

Special Olympics South Carolina Healthy Athletes Initiative includes these disciplines:

  • Fit Feet
  • FUNFitness
  • Health Promotion
  • Healthy Hearing
  • Opening Eyes®
  • Special Smiles®

Opening Eyes® Clinical Directors

Dr. Michael and Dr. Jenni Zolman

Opening Eyes is changing lives by providing free eye exams, assessments, prescription eye wear, sunglasses and sports goggles to athletes.

Dr. Jennifer Smith Zolman attended college at The Ohio State University, completing her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition degree, and obtained her Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in 2006. She is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Dr. Michael Zolman attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2001. He continued his education at Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, FL earning a Doctorate degree in Optometry and a Doctorate degree in Vision Science in 2006. He also received training in Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Lighthouse International in New York City, Lighthouse of Broward County in South Florida, and the Feldberg Center of Vision Rehabilitation at the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Both Drs. Michael and Jennie Zolman have served as South Carolina’s Opening Eyes Clinical Directors for 8 years. They are based in Charleston, South Carolina at Draisin Vision Group.

Special Smiles® Clinical Director

Dr. Ted McGill

Special Smiles discipline of Healthy Athletes provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes.

Dr. Ted McGill heads up the Special Smiles discipline. Dr. McGill is Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He’s been volunteering for many years but took over Special Smiles in 2014. He and his students come to Summer Games to offer free dental screenings, proper dental care demonstrations and free dental supplies. Dental students get hands on experience working directly with athletes. If any immediate problems are found, Dr. McGill and his team make referrals.

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