The Rugby for ALL project helps to promote social inclusion in Hong Kong by breaking down social barriers and develop teamwork, as well as a sense of achievement. Teams comprised of children with special needs and mainstream students or volunteers go through a six-week training together culminating in a friendly match with a local mini rugby club. The project promotes social inclusion in Hong Kong and offers children with different abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to interact through sports as equals.
Sailing for ALL has continued to make a difference for youth with special needs as they develop their potential at sea by teaming up with volunteers with whom they form the TREATS’ Sailing Team. The intensive training in a challenging environment builds the self-confidence and problem-solving skills of participants. The sailing team then goes one step further to promote social inclusion in Hong Kong by participating in the 24HR Charity Dinghy Race as the project finale.
TREATS’ first Inclusive Dragon Boat Team was established in 2019. Comprised of volunteers and students with intellectual disabilities, the teams learn to work with others and appreciate people of different abilities and backgrounds, while learning new skills and building self-confidence. After intensive training, the team participates in an Inclusive Dragon Boat Race to celebrate their achievement by actualizing their potential; and hence develops the spirit of social inclusion in Hong Kong.
In 2019, TREATS launched the inclusive Kin-ball project to integrate social inclusion education through sports with the formation of four kin-ball teams made up of corporate volunteers, mainstream participants and youth with special needs. Kin-ball is a newly-emerged sport that emphasizes cooperation and teamwork among team members. It is suitable for people of all abilities and strengthens participants’ social skills and team work, while building self-confidence. The first Hong Kong Inclusive Kin-ball Cup was organized by TREATS in January 2020.