Latin America

Special Olympics Latin America is part of Special Olympics, an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

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Stories from Latin America


July 25, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

One Year To Go For 2015 World Summer Games

By Christy White

When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination.View Story When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination. The Games in Los Angeles, California, "will change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. The Games also are a chance for spectators and volunteers to have their preconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities changed forever. Getting involved with the Games by cheering from the stands or handing out cups of water to thirsty athletes is a sure way to change your view of people of all kinds. Special Olympics World Games -- and all of the 80,000 Special Olympics competitions that occur every year--invite the public to see the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. It's a way to open eyes, to change attitudes and to break down barriers that have excluded people with ID from the mainstream of community. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.'Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.

About Christy White:I am the director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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July 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Mexico Unified Softball Team Plays Alongside Their Baseball Heros

By Paola Martinelli

Special Olympics Mexico Unified baseball players got the opportunity play and showoff their best moves alongside their baseball heroes of the Mexico Red Devils.View Story Special Olympics Mexico Unified baseball players got the opportunity play and showoff their best moves alongside their baseball heroes of the Mexico Red Devils. During the game Japhet Amador was the pitcher, Hans Wilson was the catcher while Efron and Rocco the mascot ran hand-in-hand with the Special Olympics athletes around the bases. After the game the Special Olympics athletes asked the baseball players to sign their jerseys, shortly after the baseball players let the Special Olympics athletes sign their jerseys. This event was made possible by the of Banamex Home Runs initiative that supports local projects and non-profits. Each year, the big plays of the Red Devils of Mexico and Oaxaca Warriors are recorded and converted into donations Fomento Social Banamex and Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation, to support projects of social institutions in the state of Oaxaca, and the City and metropolitan area of Mexico City.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing; National Director of the Athletes Leaders Program Regional Advisory Committee for Unified Sports
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July 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Therapy Involving Horses is Introduced to Special Olympics Athletes in Baja California

By Paola Martinelli

Adrian Dominguez Sandoval, Special Olympics athlete.

Special Olympics athletes experienced the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy (Horse-Assisted Therapy) while attending the 2nd Annual Inclusive Reunion by the Special Care Center for Autism in Baja California.
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Special Olympics athletes experienced the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy (Horse-Assisted Therapy) while attending the 2nd Annual Inclusive Reunion by the Special Care Center for Autism in Baja California. The event brought together various organizations that serve people with disabilities from Ensenada and Tecate, Mexico. One of the organizations who attended the event was The Riding Angels Association of Tecate who provided a demonstration of their Equine-Assisted Therapy service. Equine-Assisted Therapy is a treatment that involves activities with horses that promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in people with special needs.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing; National Director of the Athletes Leaders Program Regional Advisory Committee for Unified Sports
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July 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Nothing Like a Father to Help His Son to Lose His Fear of the Water

By Paola Martinelli

Noe with his father.

After his father spent a month with him learning how to swim, Noe lost his fear of the water.View Story After his father spent a month with him learning how to swim, Noe lost his fear of the water. The Special Olympics Mexico Swimming program encourages parents like Noe’s father to actively participate during an athlete’s lessons. This gives an athlete the confidence to try over and over again until they succeed. His father's involvement, proved how important a parent’s guidance is in learning new skills and in developing confidence of our athletes.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing; National Director of the Athletes Leaders Program Regional Advisory Committee for Unified Sports
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July 23, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Kermesse Fundraiser Helps Mexico City Subprograms Go to National Games

By Paola Martinelli

A Kermesse fundraiser was held for Special Olympics Mexico City to raise money for their athletes to participate in the National Games in Oaxtepec, Morelos.View Story A Kermesse fundraiser was held for Special Olympics Mexico City to raise money for their athletes to participate in the National Games in Oaxtepec, Morelos. Many subprograms participated in the fundraiser to help send their delegations to the National Games and give their athletes a chance to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. During the Kermesse fundraiser young people danced and enjoyed themselves. Many people participated in raffles, enjoyed good food, played carnival games and went before a judge to get “married,” which resulted in great time.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing for Mexico, National Director of Regional Athlete Leaders Unified Sports Committee for Mexico
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

Aug 3 - 6 2014

Special Olympics Peru National Games

Join us August 3-6 in Lima, Peru as athletes and Unified partners from around the country will compete in football, basketball and volleyball to qualify for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Ivan Huapaya
Email:deportes@olimpiadasespecialesperu.org
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Lima
PERU

Aug 21 - 28 2014

Special Olympics Mexico National Games

Join us for the biggest Special Olympics Mexico event in the country. More than 800 hundred athletes from around the country will compete for a chance to qualify for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. The Games will feature Unified Football which join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to play together. With over 2,000 spectators and 270 volunteers, these National Games promise to be a huge celebration for all of our athletes.
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Vacational Center Oaxtepec
Mexico City, D.F., Morelos
MEXICO

Aug 25 - 30 2014

Special Olympics El Salvador National Games

The 2014 Special Olympics El Salvador National Games will welcome 711 athletes from across the country to showcase their abilities in five days of sport competition. 150 coaches, 300 volunteers, 120 judges, families and spectators will join the athletes to celebrate inclusion, acceptance and the power of sports.
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Various VenuesSan Salvador
EL SALVADOR

Aug 25, 2014

El Salvador National Games

Join us August 25-30 in San Salvador, El Salvador as athletes and Unified partners from around the country will compete in football, open water swimming, aquatics and table tennis to qualify for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Johamy Alabi
Email:jalabi@olimpiadasespecialeselsalvador.org
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San Salvador
EL SALVADOR

Sep 20 - 25 2014

Special Olympics Ecuador National Games

More than 1,000 athletes from around Ecuador, 250 coaches, volunteers, family members and spectators will join together to celebrate the power of sports during the Special Olympics Ecuador National Games. The Games will take place in Macas City on 20-25 September. These Games will be qualifier for athletes to compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles 2015.
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Various Venues
Macas, Morona Santiago
ECUADOR


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