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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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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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September 17, 2013 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

1600 Athletes Screened during Regional Healthy Athletes Conference in Cairo

By Will Schermerhorn

Achieving a great success, the Regional Healthy Athletes Conference concluded its activities in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Doctors and health care providers from KSA, Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt attended the conference.View Story Achieving a great success, the Regional Healthy Athletes Conference concluded its activities in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Doctors and health care providers from KSA, Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt attended the conference displaying a skillful utilization of top-of-the-line cerebral and neurological medical screening technology. The opening ceremony was attended by the families of screened athletes accompanied by Regional President of SOMENA Ayman Abdel Wahab who attended the conference’s opening session along with SO Egypt Vice Chairman Eng. Hany Mahmoud and board member Ghada Abou Hadid. SOMENA Healthy Athletes Manager Salma El Ghandour highlighted the conference’s success stressing SOMENA Regional President Ayman Abdel Wahab’s contentment over the outcome of the conference. Read more about this story at the link below.

About Will Schermerhorn:I am the director of web products for Special Olympics
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July 26, 2013 | Middle East North Africa: Bahrain

2013 Special Olympics Gulf Youth Summit- For Youth By Youth!

By Mohamed Mdweb

2013 SO Gulf YAS Certificate Distribution at Bapco Club

Under the leadership of His Excellency Sheikh Deij, SO Bahrain Management Team, SOMENA support and Mattel Children Foundation Grant, the 2013 SO Gulf YAS is successfully achieved between the 21st and 24th of June 2013.View Story Under the leadership of His Excellency Sheikh Deij, Special Olympics Bahrain Management Team, Special Olympics MENA support and Mattel Children Foundation Grant, the 2013 Special Olympics Gulf Youth Activation Summit is successfully achieved between the 21st and 24th of June 2013 at Manama/Bahrain. The summit agenda is pre-defined into 4 goals: Testing-Experiencing/ Training/Activating/ and Entertaining and Summit Logo: a puzzle of 6 colors connecting Special Olympics Gulf programs to each other. During the summit, 2 short movies are projected to illustrate the crucial role youth have with our athletes: Window: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1KNqw8vo7s&feature=youtu.be and Hope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agvEJh8Fo3U. Active youth leaders like Abdullah El Medfaa, Wael El Shehab, Ali Selman, Mohammed Mdweb, Zuheir Mddweb shared their experiences and "know how" in conducting building community projects: like the r-word campaign (r-ack Campaign),the ideas bank to encourage creativity and youth leadership: http://idbank.blogspot.com.

About Mohamed Mdweb:Mohammed Al Mdwb is Head of Media Committee at SO Bahrain
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April 22, 2013 | Middle East North Africa: Bahrain

Empowering Youth

By Wael El Shahabi

r-ack volunteer team at the City Center - Bahrain

What was amazing is the number of people stopping by to ask about the r-word campaign, its purpose and how to be involved. Saudi and Kuwaiti citizens were interested in carrying similar activities locally and asked for assistance.View Story March 28th was a busy Thursday for Wael and his team. They have to work overnight, at 2.00 am in the morning to fix the R-ack booth at the city center, when the mall is closed to visitors. What was amazing is the number of people stopping by to ask about the r-word campaign, its purpose and how to be involved. On week-end, Saudi and Kuwaiti citizens come to Bahrain. When learning about the campaign, they were interested in carrying similar activities locally and asked for youth assistance. At the mall, the booth site was offered for free. AMG Company sponsored the event for the second year in a row securing chairs, booth, banners, couch…. They already met Wael and when he visited them this year asking for their support they were more than happy to sponsor the event. * Why the “R-ack”? (Logo in header) A tree that grows in the Desert of El Hijaz Island with tangled roots. It is known to resist thirst and is always green. It bears fruit in March, similar to our global campaign scheduled officially in March, bearing a message of unity among people. R-ack nomination of the r-word campaign came from a group of motivated youth to illustrate their message of connectivity.

About Wael El Shahabi :I am in charge of the youth committee in Bahrain. Been involved in SO Bahrain since 2008 during SOMENA Regional Youth Summit in Abu Dhabi, joinned SOI global congress as a youth leader in Morocco 2010
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Bahrain Committee for Disabled Sports
P.O.Box 33522
Bahrain Building No. 940
4 Madinet Eissa St. 802
Manama, Bahrain
Office: + 973 17 789 191
Fax: + 973 17 789 299

Email: gccoc@batelco.com.bh

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