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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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May 15, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

The Flame of Hope is Ignited in Athens

By Christy White

On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.View Story On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Flame of Hope begins its trans-Atlantic journey via UPS Airlines, which will transport the flame to Washington, D.C. in time for the start of the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, which will kick off on 26 May. At the conclusion of the Unified Relay, the Flame of Hope will be handed over to the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Final Leg Team where they will travel for 13 days to more than 120 cities and towns throughout California, honoring the spirit of the Special Olympics global movement and delivering a message of hope to communities where people with intellectual disabilities continue to fight for acceptance and inclusion. To read more about the lighting ceremony, click below.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2015 | Latin America: Brazil

Special Olympics and Lions Clubs Play Unified in Brazil

By Christian Guiralt

From 23-27 March, Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International joined forces in Brazil to hold a Unified Volleyball Coaching Training.View Story From 23-27 March, Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International joined forces in Brazil to hold a Unified Volleyball Coaching Training. Supported by former Olympian and Special Olympics Brazil Ambassador Jackie Silva, more than 30 coaches and athletes were given the necessary instruction to create Unified Volleyball teams. Volleyball’s popularity in Brazil and its status as a priority sport for Special Olympics Latin America made this training extremely successful! In the morning, participants attended a theoretical session and then attended a practice session on Ipanema Beach. Other special guests included George Millard, President of Special Olympics Brazil, Tom Goman, Special Olympics Brazil Board Member and several representatives from Lions Clubs Brazil and Special Olympics International. ESPN also provided coverage of the event, which can be through the link below.

About Christian Guiralt:I am the Director for Sport and Development at Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2015 | Latin America: Brazil

Senator Romario de Souza Faria Supports Special Olympics Brazil!

By Christian Guiralt

Earlier this month, representatives from Special Olympics and Special Olympics Brazil met with Senator Romario de Souza Faria of Brazil to discuss the importance of the upcoming World Summer Games in Los Angeles.View Story Earlier this month, representatives from Special Olympics and Special Olympics Brazil met with Senator Romario de Souza Faria of Brazil to discuss the importance of the upcoming World Summer Games in Los Angeles, hoping to gain Senator Romario’s support of the delegation from Brazil. By securing the Senator’s support, Special Olympics Brazil would be ensured necessary support that will allow their entire delegation to travel to World Games this summer. After a positive, productive and exciting meeting, the team was excited to learn the following day that they would receive the financial support they requested – and Senator Romario even posted about his support publicly on his social media networks. Be on the lookout for the delegation from Special Olympics Brazil this July in LA!

About Christian Guiralt:I am the Director for Sport and Development at Special Olympics.
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May 01, 2015 | Latin America: El Salvador

New Ambassador for Special Olympics El Salvador

By Daniela Recinos

Maria Elisa Parker, host of Grandiosas program became ambassador for the Special Olympics El Salvador program after signing the agreement for two years.View Story Maria Elisa Parker, host of Grandiosas program became ambassador for the Special Olympics El Salvador program after signing the agreement for two years. She is committed to assist in the development of different activities. Special Olympics has a program of Ambassadors who use their incredible talents and influence to support the united vision of the Movement through sport and following the example of athletes with intellectual disabilities. The program seeks to build the largest platform in the world for acceptance and inclusion of everybody. The agreement includes a commitment for two years to promote the expansion of opportunities for Special Olympics and for people with learning disabilities and to help change prejudices and lack of knowledge that blocks the possibility of acceptance and human dignity.

About Daniela Recinos:Voluntaria de comunicaciones.
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May 01, 2015 | Latin America: El Salvador

Special Olympics Athletes El Salvador shared with Ismael Cala

By Daniela Recinos

The athletes, especially Fatima, who will be participating in the next World Games in the city of Los Angeles were supported by Ismael Cala.View Story On Saturday March 21, prior to the official celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, two of the athletes of Special Olympics El Salvador attended the meeting with Ismael Cala, who received them with a smile and was very supportive. Fatima Emanuel Espinoza and Jose Uceda, were responsible for representing us in the meeting held at the library of the International Commercial Multi-Sports Center . The athletes, especially Fatima, who will be participating in the next World Games in the city of Los Angeles were supported by Ismael Cala . Cala expressed interest in following of upcoming games.

About Daniela Recinos:Special Olympics El Salvador Communications Volunteer 
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Today, the Templeton Foundation gave its most prestigious award to my hero, Jean Vanier.  For Linda and our children and me, he has also been our retreat leader, our teacher of humility, our guide. 

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