Everyone is a Winner at Unified Volleyball at Istanbul 2013

June 25, 2013

 

 

 

Istanbul_Unified

Check out the final results of the 2013 European Unified Volleyball Tournament.

Istanbul 2013

Finland, Azerbaijan and Croatia, topped their divisions in the Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament – 2013 Istanbul. 

 Ten Unified Volleyball teams with athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competing on the same team, battled it out in Istanbul’s beautiful "Volley Arena" and "50 Yil" halls from June 20 to 22nd. 

 After observations matches which took place on Thursday, 10 teams were divisioned into three groups according to their ability level (4+3+3). The finals then took place on the June 21st and 22nd. Following exciting and fair play matches, the winners of the respective divisions were Finland, Azerbaijan and Croatia.

For Austrian teammate Charlie, making it to the final did not disappoint: "Before joining the Special Olympics, I never had contact with people with intellectual disabilities. It's great that thanks the Unified Team I can experience something new just by doing something I like to do - playing volleyball".

 Many distinguished guests joined the athletes and team mates all over the world to celebrate the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics European Unified Volleyball and Traditional Basketball Tournament which took place in Istanbul the same weekend. 

 Players from top GalatasaraySk VIP Basketball and Volleyball club, including national Turkey team basketball stars Goksenin Kösal and Sertaç Şanil, attended and were joined by Honorary Chair of Special Olympics Turkey, Dilek Sabanci, Aydemir Karaer, President of Special Olympics Turkey, Hasan Ekmen, Vice President of the Municipality of Uskudor, Mustafa Eksi, Vice President of the Turkish Volleyball Federation and Mary Davis, President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.


Support Special Olympics

Help us reach one more athlete.

DONATE NOW»

Become a Volunteer

Find out about the many ways you can get involved in the Special Olympics programs nearest you. There are 58 country-level offices in the Europe/Eurasia region.

FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU»

Follow Us

Help us reach out to one more athlete.

Donate »

Find events near you and learn about volunteer opportunities at one of our 220 worldwide locations.

FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU »

Videos and Photos

DifferentBarry Cairns tells what it's like to be a Special Olympics athlete.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

SpeechlessSpecial Olympics changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Summer GamesAround the world, months of practice are paying off.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Photos on FBSee photos and comments from our supporters around the world.See Photos »


Videos and Photos

Hope in HaitiLeo and Gedeon play in makeshift fields, tent towns, wherever they can.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Finding His VoiceDavid Egan has always dreamed big. Now look at him!Learn More »


Videos and Photos

Sport Teaches UsOur life-changing work is fueled by the power of sport.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Making SuccessDoctors said Lani is “never going to achieve anything.” Learn More »


Videos and Photos

Very Very SpecialMusic helps Special Olympics make an impact worldwide.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Around The WorldGreat photos of Special Olympics events and people.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Focus on ChangeWhat we do can't be done without our partners.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Power of SportsSports are a powerful way to change our athlete’s lives.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

What We DoSports, health, education, community and more.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Who We AreWe are athletes, families, celebs, volunteers and more.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Summer SportsOur athletes run, jump, swim and score in summer.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Playing UnifiedUnified Sports reveals strengths in every team member.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Healthier AthletesOur free health clinics are making a huge difference.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Deon NamisebHe's a speaker and role model. It didn't start that way in Namibia.Learn More »


Special Olympics Blog

Sport and Tech Team Up for Good

Now, thanks to Microsoft, athletes, coaches and families will have rapid access to useful information about their scores, times, personal bests, fitness and health. Special Olympics can use this capability to dramatically improve the lives of people in our Movement.  read more »

Posted on 2014-10-27 by Janet

go to blog »


*

Special Olympics - Become a Fan

Limited-Time Match Offer: Donate Monthly and Help Us Reach More Athletes

Monthly giving is easy and convenient. Donate today and transform lives all year long through the joy of sport.

Special Olympics gets an extra $100 for each new monthly donor.