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Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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November 26, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

European Basketball Promotional Materials Available

By Suzanne Coogan

European Programs wishing to promote European Basketball Week can get art, communications guidelines, a press release template and an overview brochure of the week's events. Art resources are accompanied by the guidelines needed to create properly branded marketing pieces.View Story European Programs wishing to promote European Basketball Week can get art, communications guidelines, a press release template and an overview brochure of the week's events. Art resources are accompanied by the guidelines needed to create properly branded marketing pieces. Note that the EPS files require Photoshop or a similar program to use them. Get all the resources at the link below.

About Suzanne Coogan:I am in charge of media and public awareness for Special Olympics in Europe/Eurasia.
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November 26, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

Special Olympics Ireland volunteers win 3 awards!

By Pamela Kavanagh

Pictured below is: Annette Codd, (Regional Director, Special Olympics Leinster) John Treacy, (CEO, Irish Sports Council) Patrick Akpoveta , Peggy Mason, Shane Carolan (all Special Olympics volunteers) and Matt English (CEO, Special Olympics Ireland)

Minster of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring announced the winners of the National Volunteers in Sports Awards on Wednesday November 19th at a ceremony in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.View Story Minster of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring announced the winners of the National Volunteers in Sports Awards on Wednesday November 19th at a ceremony in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The National Volunteer in Sport Awards were started in 2007, headed up by the Federation of Irish Sports - which represents some 72 National Governing Bodies and 28 Local Sports Partnerships: they estimate there are now 500,000 adults volunteering in sport on a regular basis in Ireland. The winners came from 342 nominations and were selected by a committee chaired by Olympian Ronnie Delaney, representatives of the Federation of Irish Sports, the Irish Sport Council, The Irish Times, RTE and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Special Olympics Ireland were extremely proud to have 3 volunteers receive this prestigious award. They were Patrick Akpoveta who first volunteered with Special Olympics in 2003 and has coached basketball and football teams, Peggy Mason who has volunteered with us since 1985, set up the South Dublin Gymnastic Club, helped set up a Special Olympics Bowling Club and has also volunteered with the Dundrum Arch Club for 35 years and Shane Carolan who has volunteered with us since 2007, particularly in the area of our Motor Activities Training Programme. A massive congratulations goes to our 3 winners and also to the thousands of volunteers working tirelessly in every community across Ireland on our behalf. Your support is essential to our organisation and we could not operate without you!

About Pamela Kavanagh:I work in the Marketing, Communications and Fundraising department of Special Olympics Ireland based in Dublin
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November 13, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Retarded or Amazing?

By Tiger

I was in a bad place when I met Johnny, and he gave me back my faith in humanity, taught me how to love and believe, and hope again. I owe him everything.View Story The most awesome friend I ever had was a seven year old boy with Down syndrome. I met him in my early 30's. He was the only person who noticed I was hurting when my brother died. Everyone called him retard and mongol, yet when it came to all the most important things in life--love, patience, generosity, kindness, and caring--somehow he always managed to be the smartest one in the room. We spent a whole summer hunting bridge trolls, training to be super heroes, fighting monsters, and receiving letters and postcards (delivered by elf express) and cakes and candy from the loch ness monster, elves, and other magical creatures, as well as babysitting a dragon's treasure at his cave whilst he was on holiday. It broke my heart to see how much and how often ignorant people hurt him and called him names, and I gave them hell more than once. I was in a bad place when I met Johnny, and he gave me back my faith in humanity, taught me how to love and believe, and hope again. I owe him everything.

About Tiger:I'm just an ordinary person who was blessed enough to know someone special. The name Johnny means Gift from God and I truly believe that God sent this awesome little boy to me to heal my broken heart.
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November 13, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Malta

European Leadership Conference Convenes in Malta Next Week

By Maureen Rabbitt

The conference will be opened by Mrs Michelle Muscat, Chairwoman of SO Malta and wife of Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

Valetta may be Europe's smallest capital but its hospitality holds no bounds. From November 21st to 22nd the city will host leadership from 48 Special Olympics national programmes across Europe and Central Asia for the 2014 Special Olympics European Leadership Conference.View Story Valetta may be Europe's smallest capital but its hospitality holds no bounds. From November 21st to 22nd the city will host leadership from 48 Special Olympics national programmes across Europe and Central Asia for the 2014 Special Olympics European Leadership Conference. Under the theme 'Bigger, Faster, Stronger' the two-day conference will provide a forum for intense discussions on how Special Olympics can become better known, better funded and more successful through expansion of sports opportunities and championing the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. Download the 'Special Olympics European Leadership Conference' mobile application on any iOS or android device.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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November 10, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Eyal Damari Special Olympic player is a champion of youth bowling club Petah Tikva 2014

By DAMARI AMNON

I would like to update that Eyal Damari Special Olympic player is a champion of youth bowling club Petah Tikva 2014. I am attaching pictures of the distribution of trophies which gives to Eyal by Arie Fisher for the personal records that Eyal achieve in the season.View Story I would like to update that Eyal Damari Special Olympic player is a champion of youth bowling club Petah Tikva 2014 I am attaching pictures of the distribution of trophies which gives to Eyal by Arie Fisher for the personal records that Eyal achieve in the season. I am enclosing an article by journalist David Nhnberg from Modiin Modi'in's Young Bowling Star by David Nachenberg Eyal Damari could almost be your typical 15 year old Israeli teen, except that he is a serious bowler. He bowls in whatever limited youth bowling competitions there are in Israel, and has bowled in the Modi'in Sunday Night League--an adult league--since he was 8. Eyal has bowled around 40 games over 200, including a high game of 246 last season in the Sunday league. Recently, Eyal won first place in the Youth League in Petach Tikva, in which he rolled a season personal best 235 and he blasted the pins for a 609 (3-game) series. He averaged 178 in the Youth League this season.

About DAMARI AMNON:My name is Amnon Damari I am the father of Eyal Damari We live in a Reut near Modi'in ISRAEL Eyal 15-year-old play with me bowling since the age of 8
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Once more, Special Olympics Spain will award a personality or an organization with an active role in culture, sports or the disability sector that has helped to promote personal development and social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
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