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Special Smiles® at the Special Olympics

Published: May 28th, 2008

Category: Community Outreach, News

Special Olympics volunteers from the UF College of DentistryThanks to special volunteers from the UF College of Dentistry, some special athletes received free dental screenings during the Special Olympics Florida Summer Games at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, May 16 – 17, 2008.

Dr. Enrique Bimstein, pediatric dentistry, coordinated a group of UF College of Dentistry students who volunteered their time to perform free dental screenings and educate athletes on dental care for Special Olympics athletes in during the Florida Summer Games in Orlando.

Volunteering were Rene Landa, Maryam Razaie, Robert Weaver, Mohni Malik, Sheena Pate, Vincent Yeung, Bryant Anderson and Kate Von Lackum, as well as Dr. Bimstein’s wife, Galia Bimstein.

Special Smiles® is part of a program initiated by the Special Olympics in 1996 called “Healthy Athletes.” Healthy Athletes includes Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, Fit Feet and other medically-based programs that provide screenings and education for Special Olympics athletes, many of whom have limited access to health care.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for this event and helped share some healthy smiles around at the state games.