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


September 18, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

First Lady of El Salvador Welcomes Special Olympics to the Presidential House

By Johamy Alabi

President of Special Olympics El Salvador, Sandra de Uceda, with the First Lady Margarita de Sanchez, athlete Nino Durler, and Executive Director Johamy Alabi.

The First Lady of El Salvador, Margarita Villalta de Sánchez, welcomed Special Olympics El Salvador representatives to the Presidential House to discuss better opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities on 8 September.View Story The First Lady of El Salvador, Margarita Villalta de Sánchez, welcomed Special Olympics El Salvador representatives to the Presidential House to discuss better opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities on 8 September. The President of Special Olympics El Salvador, Sandra de Uceda, along with athlete leader Nino Durler and Executive Director of Special Olympics El Salvador, Johamy Alabí, met with the First Lady in the San Salvador Room to discuss the benefits that sports have on our athletes and the important work the organization has done over the past 30 years. Afterwards, Nino Durler presented a Special Olympics T-shirt to the First Lady as a gift.

About Johamy Alabi:Executive Director of Special Olympics El Salvador
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September 15, 2014 | Latin America: Ecuador

Major Ecuadorian Airline Makes Commitment to Support Special Olympics Ecuador

By Nicolas Cueva

For the past 6 years TAME Airlines has partnered with Special Olympics Ecuador in an effort to support our athletes and families.View Story For the past 6 years TAME Airlines has partnered with Special Olympics Ecuador in an effort to support our athletes and families. Over the next year, the Ecuadorian airline has agreed to participate in every Special Olympics Ecuador event and provide assistance for Special Olympics Ecuador in areas of sports, education and social activities. For 35 years, Special Olympics Ecuador has helped changed the lives of more than 20,000 athletes and their families throughout Ecuador. TAME Airlines’ decision to increase its involvement was due to Special Olympics’ avid promotion of social inclusion for our athletes within their communities while educating the public about people with intellectual disabilities.

About Nicolas Cueva:Special Olympics Ecuador Marketing and Communication Director
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September 15, 2014 | Latin America: Ecuador

Popular Race in Quito, Ecuador Donates Proceeds to Benefit Special Olympics Ecuador

By Nicolas Cueva

The famous race, "Ruta de las Iglesias,” in Quito, Ecuador donated 30% of its proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Eucador, making it the first time the race has ever partnered with a charity.View Story The famous race, "Ruta de las Iglesias,” in Quito, Ecuador donated 30% of its proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Eucador, making it the first time the race has ever partnered with a charity. Over ten thousand people participated in the race whose route passes through the Old Town area of Quito where beautiful churches built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries line the city streets. Special Olympics athletes played an active role in the event by passing out water to runners and presenting awards. The race took place on 30 August 2014.

About Nicolas Cueva:Special Olympics Ecuador Marketing and Communication Director
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September 15, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

25th Special Olympics El Salvador National Games Kicks Off

By Guisele Calderón

The 25th Special Olympics El Salvador National Games recently kicked off with an exciting opening ceremony that included a parade of 24 delegations representing 14 municipalities from El Salvador.View Story The 25th Special Olympics El Salvador National Games recently kicked off with an exciting opening ceremony that included a parade of 24 delegations representing 14 municipalities from El Salvador. Special Olympics athletes Koby Aguilar, Evelyn Garcia and Jorge Jimenez led the parade of athletes while bearing the national flag. Afterwards, an artistic show was presented under the direction of Rosa Rivas. Salvadorian artists from “Prueba de Sondio” along with Marito Rivera, Patty Mendez and members of the Friguey group performed during the grand closing of the event. Thanks to the excitement and energy of our athletes, we had an amazing event to kick off the Special Olympics El Salvador National Games.

About Guisele Calderón:Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Coordinator for Special Olympics El Salvador
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August 22, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Olimpiadas Especiales organiza primer Congreso Internacional del Espectro Autismo

By Guisele Calderón

Organizado por Asociación de Autismo de El Salvador (ASA), Los centros de atención CAMI y CEFOI junto al Ministerio de Educación (MINED) y Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador fue realizado del 18 al 20 de julio, con una exitosa asistencia de más de 500 personas entre, profesores de Educación Especial, Educación Física, Psicólogos, Fisioterapistas, alumnos de universidades y padres de familia.View Story Organizado por Asociación de Autismo de El Salvador (ASA), Los centros de atención CAMI y CEFOI junto al Ministerio de Educación (MINED) y Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador fue realizado del 18 al 20 de julio, con una exitosa asistencia de más de 500 personas entre, profesores de Educación Especial, Educación Física, Psicólogos, Fisioterapistas, alumnos de universidades y padres de familia. El congreso conto la presencia de ponentes internacionales como: María Isabel Bayonas de España; Bárbara de Mejía, Guatemala; Daniela Melfi, Argentina, Margarita Niño, Colombia; además del Dr. Jorge Vidaurre, Linda Rosa Lugo, Joanne Murphy, Carol Johnson todos de EEUU. Nuestro destacado atleta Alexis Rodríguez participó en la ceremonia de inauguración dirigiéndose a los presentes expresando sus logros personales y como atleta de Olimpiadas Especiales. Johamy Alabi, Directora Ejecutiva de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador, participo con la ponencia “Inclusión Social a través del Deporte”.

About Guisele Calderón:Coordinadora de Mercadeo, Comunicaciones y Relaciones Públicas
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