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Special Olympics is a global organization that serves more than 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.

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It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Serbia

Ten Years of European Basketball Week

By Maureen Rabbitt

2013 European Basketball Week once again enjoys the full backing of FIBA Europe, Euroleague Basketball and more than 25 National Basketball Federations across the region.

2013 marks the 10th Special Olympics European Basketball Week, an annual event that calls on the greater European basketball community to get active in promoting more opportunities in the game for peoView Story 2013 marks the 10th Special Olympics European Basketball Week, an annual event that calls on the greater European basketball community to get active in promoting more opportunities in the game for people with intellectual disabilities. This year the week will take place from Saturday, November 30th to Sunday December 8th with 18,000 Special Olympics athletes participating in 200 basketball events, matches, clinics and exhibition as well as 20 National Tournaments across 33 countries. European Basketball Week 2013 will also include celebrations of The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities which falls on December 3rd. The 10th anniversary of European Basketball Week will bring a particular focus on encouraging more females with intellectual disabilities to participate in Special Olympics basketball. Today in Europe 57,954 athletes including 19,129 females are registered as Basketball players. The goal is to reach 60,000 players by the end of 2013.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications & Brand Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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Monday, September 16, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

One Year to Antwerp 2014

By Zehra Sayin

Special Olympics Belgium athletes André Schepers , Julie Bourgeois, Evy Ploegaerts with Antwerp 2014 Games Chairman Guido Kestens and Catalina Daniëls

The one-year countdown to the 2014 European Special Olympics Summer Games began in Belgium last week at a special press event at Antwerp City Hall. Three medal-carrying Special Olympians were there toView Story The one-year countdown to the 2014 European Special Olympics Summer Games began in Belgium last week at a special press event at Antwerp City Hall. Three medal-carrying Special Olympians were there to tell the gathered press and diplomats just what it means to compete in a Special Olympics Games. The Special Olympics European Summer Games will take place in the Olympics City of Antwerp from September 9th to 20th. Thousands of athletes, family members, coaches and officials will travel from 58 countries across the Europe Eurasia region to enjoy and participate in 10 days of competition in 10 sports. Athlete Evy Ploegaerts called on the Belgium media and public to come and see the “Games of the Heart”. “At our Games you will see real sportsmanship! ” she added.

About Zehra Sayin:I am the Marketing and Communications Director for the 2014 Special Olympics European Games.
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2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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