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Special Olympics is a global organization that serves 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

Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Cycling, Equestrian, Football (Soccer), Powerlifting, Floor Hockey, Snowshoeing

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September 07, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Special Olympics MENA Stars Shine in Los Angeles

By Noha Gaballah

Fifteen Middle East-North Africa countries competed in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles in nine days of challenging and Inspiring international competition.View Story Fifteen Middle East-North Africa countries competed in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles in nine days of challenging and Inspiring international competitions among thousands of athletes. The spectacular opening ceremony was held to herald the beginning of the largest sporting event in the world this year and to celebrate the abilities of people with Intellectual disabilities worldwide. Most of the MENA countries arrived in their traditional costumes accompanied by sports stars and celebrities which drew a smile to the athletes’ faces. The excitement was evident from the very first moments of the opening ceremony, held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the crowds cheering for the delegations as they marched in. Despite the current harsh situation taking place in most of the region, the region athletes scored numerous medals during 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which is least described as a victory. Also the significance of the MENA region presence was further highlighted by the active participation of Special Olympics MENA Regional President & Managing Director “Ayman Abdel Wahab” as he was a busy bee in LA, touring the different venues and arenas to support the region’s athletes and solve any problems that might come up.

About Noha Gaballah:I am part of the Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Region communications staff.
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June 23, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Syria

Special Olympics Middle- East North Africa Athletes in action

By Noha Gaballa

Every day, all around the Middle-East North Africa region, Special Olympics athletes train and strive as they train for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles from 25 July- 2 August 2015.View Story Every day, all around the Middle-East North Africa region, Special Olympics athletes train and strive as they train for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles from 25 July- 2 August 2015. The Special Olympics athletes in the MENA region prepare through daily intense, focused physical and psychological training. They also attend training camps to prepare themselves to communicate to the whole world their abilities and talents. Also the coaches play a crucial role to determine the ideal training plan to make the athletes reach their peak performance just as the games occurs. On the other side they motivate athletes to give their best and showcase all their skills & magic power. Both Special Olympics athletes and coaches are really dedicated and they work very hard to reach their goal and amaze the world in Los Angeles.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa, Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa staff writer
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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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