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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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April 28, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Bahrain

Special Olympics Bahrain Athletes in the Formula One

By Noha Gaballa

During the Formula One three-day event in Bahrain, Special Olympics Bahrain athletes were invited to attend the most popular annual car race in the world.View Story During the Formula One three-day event in Bahrain, Special Olympics Bahrain athletes were invited to attend the most popular annual car race in the world. All eyes were on Bahrain International Circuit on 17 April as 2015 Formula one Gulf Air Bahrain kicked of. The Formula one event this year was very special with the presence of the Special Olympics athletes, who were very excited and had great fun. The Formula one was attended by famous celebrities and singers from the Middle East. The Special Olympics athletes took photos with the cars, Formula One stars and famous celebrities in aimed airs of joy and excitement. The athletes enjoyed the wonderful mix of racing, entertainment and plenty of action all weekend and wished all teams the best of luck.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa
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February 20, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Middle East North Africa Is Sending Big Delegations to the World Games in Los Angeles

By Noha Gaballa

Fifteen countries from the Middle East and North Africa are sending delegations to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. A total of 443 athletes will travel to LA for the Games, which start July 24.View Story Fifteen countries from the Middle East and North Africa are sending delegations to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. A total of 443 athletes will travel to LA for the Games, which start July 24. The delegations are broken out this way: Algeria is sending 28 athletes; Egypt is sending 64 athletes; United Arab Emirates, 74; Bahrain, 11; Iran, 32; Iraq, 12; Jordan ,20; Lebanon, 22; Libya, 35; Morocco, 36; Palestine, 35; Saudi Arabia, 25; Qater, 21; Syria 18; and Tunisia, 10. Los Angeles Council Member Tom La Bange welcomed Ayman Abdel Wahab, Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa President and Managing Director, and expressed his appreciation for the great role and the nonstop efforts he is playing in the region during such a volatile period the region is passing through. La Bange also awarded Abdel-Wahab the Golden City Certificate and invited him to sit next to him on stage during a conference held ahead of the Games to allow heads of delegations to showcase their cities. “I was surprised by such warmth and a welcome that I did not expect at all,” Abdel-Wahab said.“I am sure that LA Games will be a marvelous one where all Special Olympics athletes will be comfortable."

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: SO MENA Staff
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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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