Liechtenstein

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.

The Power of Sport. For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance.  Help us reach one more person who wants to participate.  Download Country Fact Sheet

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.

Sports Offered

  • Alpine skiing
  • Aquatics
  • Bocce
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Football(soccer)
  • Floorball
  • MATP
  • Tennis

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January 29, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Applications Now Open to Join Unified Generation

By Agneiszka Krukowska

Join us as we create a Generation Unified.

Special Olympics is calling on all young people to participate in the Generation Unified Social Impact Summit taking place in Los Angeles from July 23 - 27.View Story Special Olympics is calling on all young people to participate in the Generation Unified Social Impact Summit taking place in Los Angeles from July 23 - 27. The seminar will provide training and mentoring to a Unified Generation to empower them to chase a vision that this world can eliminate stigma and barriers against people with intellectual disabilities.The Summit will gather 180 people with and without intellectual disabilities, 130 global youth leaders and 30 global change mentors. The Summit will take place during the largest humanitarian event in 2015 - The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 in Los Angeles.

About Agneiszka Krukowska:I am responsible for Youth Activation and Unified Sports in Europe Eurasia.
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December 04, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Liechtenstein

Water Day in Liechtenstein

By Brigitte Marxer

One of the younger swimmers who enjoyed Water Day.

Special Olympics Liechtenstein organized Water Day on 24 November 2014. Thirty athletes of all ages had a great time splashing, bobbing and kicking their way through exercises, competitions, games and stations in the local public pool in Schaan.View Story Special Olympics Liechtenstein organized Water Day on 24 November 2014. Thirty athletes of all ages had a great time splashing, bobbing and kicking their way through exercises, competitions, games and stations in the local public pool in Schaan. Teachers, parents and coaches lined the sides of the pool to cheer all participants. “This is our biggest swimming event and it was awesome. Our swimmers train all year and Water Day gives them the chance to show what they can do,” said Philipp Ott, sports coordinator, Special Olympics Liechtenstein. Before the fun began, the swimmers were warmly welcomed by new board member Marco Buchel and then watched synchronized swimming team SC Flos Buchs perform. Activities as part of the Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) were included in the event for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disabilities, including those with significant physical disabilities. This is the third Water Day organized by Special Olympics Liechtenstein.

About Brigitte Marxer:Brigitte Marxer is National Director of Special Olympics Liechtenstein.
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September 11, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Watch the European Games Opening Ceremony Live

By Suzanne Coogan

It’s a ceremony that celebrates the courage and spirit of athletes with intellectual disabilities, and everyone can see it live online Saturday night.View Story It’s a ceremony that celebrates the courage and spirit of athletes with intellectual disabilities, and everyone can see it live online Saturday night. The Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics European Games will be live-streamed on the official webpage of the Games and on the YouTube channel of Special Olympics Belgium on Saturday September 13th.  The 2014 European Summer Games will be officially opened by Her Royal Highness Queen Mathilde of Belgium at a spectacular ceremony to take place in Brussel’s EXPO, ‘Palais 12’, from 15.00 local time (14.00 GMT) on Saturday. The highlight of the Opening Ceremony will be the Parade of Athletes in front of thousands of spectators and special guests including Jacques Rogge, former International Olympics Committee President and Honorary Chairman of the European Games; Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International; and Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova. 

About Suzanne Coogan:Media & Public Awareness for Special Olympics in Europe/Eurasia
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