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 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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July 23, 2014 | Latin America: Panamá

Future Professionals Join Special Olympics Panama

By Maryorie Patiño Jaén

This past month, Special Olympics received approximately 48 new volunteers that joined our Movement in hopes of changing and improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.View Story This past month, Special Olympics received approximately 48 new volunteers that joined our Movement in hopes of changing and improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Panama organized a training session for students of Santa Maria la Antigua University (USMA) and of American University (UAM). In addition, five Early Stimulation specialists will participate in a training next month to become trainers of the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program.

About Maryorie Patiño Jaén:Director of Public Awareness of Special Olympics Panama
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July 23, 2014 | Latin America: Panamá

Athletes On Track for Special Olympics World Games

By Maryorie Patiño Jaén

As we countdown to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, Panama sub-Programs and special vocational schools in Panama are hosting local Games and sports competitions to qualify their athletes to compete for their country at the World Summer Games.View Story As we countdown to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, Panama sub-Programs and special vocational schools in Panama are now hosting local Games and sports competitions to qualify their athletes to compete for their country at the World Summer Games.

About Maryorie Patiño Jaén:Director of Public Awareness of Special Olympics Panama
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July 23, 2014 | Latin America: Panamá

Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Performs During Opening Ceremony of the 5th CODICADER School Games

By Maryorie Patiño Jaén

A team of Special Olympics Panama rhythmic gymnasts were awarded the opportunity to perform during the opening ceremonies of the 5th CODICADER School Games.View Story A team of Special Olympics Panama rhythmic gymnasts were awarded the opportunity to perform during the opening ceremonies of the 5th CODICADER School Games. The CODICADER School Games gives Central American students the opportunity to represent their country while competing in various sports. The gymnasts’ special performance helped welcome their fellow Special Olympics athletes who were participating in the Games. The team of rhythmic gymnasts included Maricruz Tuñón, Nilka Vergara, Ayamahir Rodriguez Mendoza Fatima, Fatima Espinoza, Lisbeth Rivera and Paula Carmona. They all received recognition for their participation in the CODICADER School Games opening ceremonies. The 5th CODICADER School Games was held June 15-31 in Panama.

About Maryorie Patiño Jaén:Director of Public Awareness of Special Olympics Panama.
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July 21, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Athletes Experience a Taste of World Cup Football In Mexico City

By Paola Martinelli

Special Olympics athletes bonded together and experienced inclusion during a “World Cup Football” event organized by Special Olympics Mexico in Mexico City.View Story Special Olympics athletes bonded together and experienced inclusion during a “World Cup Football” event organized by Special Olympics Mexico in Mexico City. Players were divided on to teams by skill level. Each team chose a name of a country to represent their team in tournament. This tournament gave athletes the opportunity to bond with each other and experience being part of a part of team.

About Paola Martinelli:I am the National Director of Marketing and Communications and the National Director of the Athlete Leadership Regional Advisory Committee for Unified Sports.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

Jul 24 - 27 2014

Special Olympics Honduras National Bocce Competion

Join us June 24-27 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as athletes and Unified partners from around the country will compete 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
Gracia Mendez
Email:gmendez@olimpiadasespecialeshn.org
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Tegucigalpa
HONDURAS

Aug 1, 2014
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Special Olympics Costa Rica National Swimming Competion

Join us on August 1st at the CODEA Recreation Center in Alajuela, Costa Rica as athletes participate in an exciting day of swimming competition. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Wady Wado
Email:wvado@olimpiadasespeciales.cr
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CODEA Recreation Center
Alajuela, San José
COSTA RICA

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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Special Olympics Latin America
Ciudad del Saber Clayton
Av. Vicente Bonilla, 121, Ciudad del Saber
Panama City, Panama

Office: +1 507 317-0615
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