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Europe/Eurasia Stories

Europe/Eurasia is full of great stories about our athletes, volunteers and coaches. Here are some of them.

June 02, 2014

Young Athletes in Israel play Unified

Under the National theme of 'The Different One is Me' a Special Olympics Young Athlete Unified event took place in Israel for the first time.

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February 12, 2014

Monica Seles Shares her Tennis Skills with Special Olympics Players

Former World Number 1 tennis star Monica Seles and Special Olympics players learn from each other on Hungarian Tennis Day

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December 18, 2013

Latest on Family Programme and Young Athletes across the Region

Familes and Young Athletes Update across the Region

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December 18, 2013

New Signing for France

Basketball Legend Hugues Occansey signs up with Special Olympics France

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November 14, 2013

Game, Set & Match for Special Olympics athletes at Euro Tennis 2013

All Set for Europe's Largest Tennis Tournament for players with Intellectual Disabilities in Luxembourg

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October 31, 2013

Our Digital Vision presented at The Summit 2013

Special Olympics had the opportunity to present our Digital Vision for our Movement at The Web Summit, Europe’s largest gathering of the world's leading minds in technology, which took place in Dublin, Ireland from October 30 - 31.

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September 03, 2013

Celebrating start of Volleyball Season

Serbia celebrates start of Special Olympics Volleyball Season with athletes, Vanja and Coca-Cola !!

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August 06, 2013

FCB Stars Share Soccer Tips

FC Barcelona teams up with Special Olympics Thailand and UNICEF Thailand to promote social inclusion for children with intellectual disabilities

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July 23, 2013

2013 Kim Källström Trophy a Great Success

Special Olympics teams from Costa Rica, Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden and Russia topped their division at the 2013 Kim Källström Trophy in Gothenburg Sweden as part of the world youth Cup, The Gothia Cup. And its all thanks to the initiative of Swedish football star, Kim Källström.

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July 12, 2013

Kim Källström Trophy 2013 Kicks Off!

Thanks to Swedish football star, Kim Källström, Special Olympics footballers from around the world have the opportunity to be included in the Youth World Cup. 24 Special Olympics national teams will travel to Gothenburg, Sweden to compete in six different divisions.

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June 25, 2013

Quality Basketball on Display at European Tourney

Congratulations to Belgium, Poland, Russia and Serbia who topped their divisions at the 2013 Special Olympics European Basketball tournament which concluded in Istanbul, Turkey on June 23rd.  The tournament sent a precedent with teams divisoned by external experts using the Swiss Ladder system for the first time ever.

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June 25, 2013

Everyone is a Winner at Unified Volleyball at Istanbul 2013

Finland, Azerbaijan and Croatia, topped their divisions in the Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament – 2013 Istanbul. Ten Unified Volleyball teams with athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competing on the same team, battled it out in Istanbul’s beautiful "Volley Arena" and "50 Yil" halls from June 20 to 22nd. 

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June 12, 2013

Play Unified, Live Unified

After an exciting and thrilling UEFA endorsed Special Olympics European Unified Football Tournament, six European Unified Football teams have qualified to go through to the 2014 Special Olympics Unified Cup to take place in Rio de Janeiro.

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June 04, 2013

Warsaw host European Unified Football Tournament

 Twelve Unified Football teams will gather in Warsaw in June 2013 to compete in the Special Olymics European Unified Football Tournament which also serves as a qualifier to the Special Olympics Unified Cup to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2014. 

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May 28, 2013

Group Draw Makes for Exciting Match Line-Up

A recent group draw in Warsaw, Poland has decided an exciting line-up of matches for the upcoming Special Olympics European Unified Football Tournament taking place from June 5-8 in the impressive sports grounds of Legia Warszawa FC and Agrykola FC in Warsaw Poland.

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May 23, 2013

Romania Prepares for Brazil 2014

Unified Tournament in Romania for European Football Week brings athletes closer to Rio 2014.

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May 23, 2013

Greece Inspires Football Community

Special Olympics European Football Week not only captured national attention but also brought real change to Greece.

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May 21, 2013

Special Olympics Celebrates European Football Week with Partnership with Belarus Football Federation

Special Olympics Belarus celebrated 2013 European Football Week with a international Unified Football Tournament and signing of a partnership agreement with the Belarus Football Federation.

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May 20, 2013

16 nations compete in 2013 European Basketball Tournament

16 nations will compete in the 2013 Special Olympics European Basketball Tournament taking place in Istanbul from June 19th to 22nd.

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May 15, 2013

SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL GAMES BODES WELL FOR ANTWERP 2014!

Excitement and expectation is rising for the 2014 Special Olympics European Games as Special Olympics Belgium close their most successful and largest National Games to date.

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March 20, 2013

Special Olympics joins UNICEF celebration game

Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina joined UNICEF and the Bosnian Football Federation to celebrate the birthday of Bosnian striker and UNICEF Ambassador, Edin Džeko

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February 26, 2013

US Ambassador visits Unified event in Serbia

Special Olympics Serbia welcomed US Ambassador Michael D. Kirby to a two-day seminar in Pancevo

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February 26, 2013

A Mother's Story

A mother of a Special Olympics athlete describes how her son has become a local sports hero in his hometown of Kovin, Serbia.

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December 17, 2012

Ski Camp ahead of World Winter Games

Ski Camp for Team Ireland organised by Special Olympics Austria.

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December 17, 2012

Inclusive Communities in Kazakhstan

UNICEF and Special Olympics work to create “Inclusive Communities for Children with Intellectual Disabilities” in Eastern Kazakhstan .

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December 12, 2012

Energy and Ideas at Youth Leaders Session

Energy and Ideas at Project Unify Youth Leaders Session Frankfurt Dec 7 - 9

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December 11, 2012

Project Unify Changes Lives

Project Unify Changes Lives. Alexandru Dobrin, Youth Leader from Bucharest tells his story.

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December 11, 2012

Medal of Honour in Azerbaijan

President of Special Olympics Azerbaijan has been honoured by the Olympic Movement in Azerbaijan

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December 05, 2012

Special Visit by USAID Mission Director

USAID Mission Director visits Special Olympics Unified Sports training in Serbia

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December 05, 2012

Seminars Completed in Montenegro

Special Olympics Montenegro completes seminar series as part of USAID 'Inclusion for All' project

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December 05, 2012

Seminar attracts educators

Record number of Nis schools in Serbia participate in seminar

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December 03, 2012

Nordic Seminar Success

Sixteen representatives from the six Nordic Special Olympics Programs gathered for the first Special Olympics Nordic Countries Unified Football Seminar in Stockholm.

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November 26, 2012

The Rosetta Foundation - Partnership Case Study

Since initiation of our partnership in 2010, The Rosetta Foundation’s translation and localisation community has removed major barriers to information access and resources for our Accredited Programs around the world.

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November 23, 2012

Special Olympics Tajikistan and UNICEF working together

Special Olympics Tajikistan and UNICEF working together on important project focused on early childhood development initiatives in support of children with intellectual disabilities in Tajikistan.

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November 11, 2012

1000m race for Athletes at Athens Marathon

  270 Special Olympics Hellas Athletes took part in a 1000m race as part of the 30th Athens Classic Marathon. 

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October 31, 2012

Top Coach Breaks World Record and becomes top Ref

Andreas Kolettis, a Special Olympics Coach breaks Guinness World Record and becomes Top Referee

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October 30, 2012

European Bowling Tournament strikes in Cyprus

Success at the European Bowling Tournament in Cyprus involving 215 athletes from 14 countries

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October 15, 2012

Bowlers aim for Cyprus

All Lanes Lead to Cyprus for the 2012 European Bowling Championships

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October 12, 2012

Partnership delivers results

Special Olympics and Sarajevo disability group develop important partnership

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October 11, 2012

Floorball Girl Power

Special Olympics team Ume Flyers show off Girl Power at Floorball Women’s Champions Cup in the Umeå Arena, Sweden.

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October 09, 2012

Rome hosts 11th European Football Conference

The 11th Special Olympics European Football Conference took place in Rome Oct 5-7 involving 29 countries.

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September 28, 2012

Healthy Athletes Growing in Russia

Healthy Athletes are growing in Russia.  The biggest healthy athletes screening took place at the International Athletics Tournament

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September 27, 2012

University of Miami Case Study

Find out about how partnerships between Special Olympics and Universities teach students how they can help to change attitudes and break down walls of discrimination for people with intellectual disabilities

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September 27, 2012

Special Olympics Romania to Benefit from Major Donation

Ioana Ciabano represented Special Olympics Romania in New York where she met President Bill Clinton at the announcement of a $12 million donation for Healthy Athletes.

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September 24, 2012

EKS Day in Europe Eurasia

How EKS Day was celebrated across Europe Eurasia.

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August 31, 2012

Meeting the Games Makers

During his attendance at the London 2012 Paralympics, President and Chief Operating Officer of Special Olympics International to meet with some of the 14 Special Olympics athletes who served as volunteer Games Makers for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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August 29, 2012

2012 sees ties between Special Olympics and Paralympics

London 2012 marks new ties between Paralympics and Special Olympics

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August 29, 2012

Gymnastics Legend launches Special Olympics event

Legend gymnast Alexey Nemov launches the first Laureus Sport for Good Foundation project in Russia – the ‘ Special Olympics Unified Sports Programme’

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August 21, 2012

Special Olympics athlete Sam Haslam tells how he contributed to London 2012 being the most inclusive Games ever

Special Olympics athlete Sam Haslam tells how he contributed to London 2012 being the most inclusive Games ever

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July 30, 2012

Laura's Moment to Shine

Special Olympics athlete Laura Mitchell had the honour of being an Olympic Flame Torchbearer for London 2012 Olympics.

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July 27, 2012

Special Smiles for athletes in Pristina

Special Olympics Kosovo held its first Special Smiles screening in Pristina.

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July 13, 2012

Luxembourg hosted the first ever Unified Football Seminar.

The first Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Cross-Border Unified Football Seminar took place in Luxembourg involving 18 participants.

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July 09, 2012

European 7-a-side Football Tournament in Denmark

The Special Olympics European 7-a-side Football Tournament took place in Denmark involving more than 160 players from 10 countries.  

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June 28, 2012

The end of the R word in Israel

Following years of lobbying by Special Olympics Israel the use of the R word has ended

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June 25, 2012

Golfers Unite in Austria

38  athletes  and  Unified  partners  from  nine countries gathered in Bludenz, Austria from June 21st to 24th to celebrate the 2012 Special Olympics European Golf Tournament.

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June 13, 2012

Italy celebrates the 10th anniversary of their national family campus

Italy celebrates the 10th anniversary of their national family campus

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June 13, 2012

Bowling Showcase by Athletes in Tilburg

Athletes selected by Special Olympics the Netherlands joined a special demonstration game of Bowling in Tilburg at European Championships

 

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June 11, 2012

Floorball, a demonstration sport at 2013 Winter Games

Floorball is to be played during the opening days of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2013. The plan is to play the floorball tournament on the 30th – 31st of January 2013 at the Cultural Sports Centre in Gangneung.

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June 08, 2012

Project UNIFY® engages young people

Project UNIFY® creates a respectful and inclusive community through the power of sport across the region.

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June 07, 2012

Hear the World Foundation provides free hearing aids for Special Olympics Athletes

Hear the World Foundation provides free hearing aids for Special Olympics Athletes at the SO Germany National Summer Games in Munich.

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June 07, 2012

Sarah Boyne is a Real Leader!

Special Olympics Ireland athlete Sarah Boyne is going for Gold as part of the Athlete Leadership Program. Read Sarah's story!

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June 06, 2012

Polish National Kayaking and Cycling Competitions

120 athletes took part in the VIII National Special Olympics Polish Kayaking and Cycling competition in the town of Augustów

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June 04, 2012

Special Olympics debut in The Hague with Beach Volleyball demo

Athletes selected by Special Olympics The Netherlands participated in a demonstrated match at the European Beach Volleyball Championships.

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May 30, 2012

Its About Ability

Hungarian athletes demonstrate their skills at the 31st LEN European Swimming Championships

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May 21, 2012

US Coaches Experience Football Week for the First Time

Special Olympics Coaches from the United States had the opportunity to experience the Special Olympics European Football Week up close and personal in Serbia.

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May 17, 2012

Special Olympics European (Unified Sports®) Volleyball Seminar in Belgrade, Serbia

Eleven Volleyball coaches and coordinators representing eight countries participated in the first regional (Unified Sports) Volleyball Seminar in Belgrade, Serbia May 14-16.

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May 16, 2012

Gymnasts Reveal their Potential

Special Olympics Gymnasts thrill the crowds at 2012 Women's Artistic European Championships with a show of skill and elegance

 

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May 11, 2012

Marathon Effort by CMS! Thank You!

On 15 April 2012, 36 runners from CMS Cameron Mc Kenna offices across Central and Eastern Europe dusted off their trainers to compete in the Vienna City Marathon relay in support of their charity partner, Special Olympics.

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May 11, 2012

Spare Change Put to Good Use

Coin Co International (CCI), the world’s experts in foreign money conversion, are delighted to announce a new partnership between CCI, Special Olympics and Charleroi Airport.

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May 09, 2012

Meet Our Volunteers!

Michael Newton is the European Basketbball Advisor for Special Olympics. SOEE recently caught up with Michael to ask him about what Special Olympics means to him and his family.

 

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May 09, 2012

Growing Female Unified Football® focus of international seminar in Budapest

Thanks to the support of UEFA, Special Olympics Hungary hosted in Budapest from May 5-7 an international seminar on how to get more young girls and women involved in Unified Football in 2012 and beyond.

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April 26, 2012

A special Army salute for a Special Olympics athlete

Four and half years ago Gilad Rosedial, a Special Olympic athlete, joined the Israeli army as a volunteer as part of a special project involving AKIM Israel.

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April 21, 2012

AJAX give Special Olympics players a day to remember

League titleholders AFC AJAX held an all-day football clinic for Special Olympics players followed by front row seats at Amsterdam Arena to watch AJAX beat Hercules 6 nil.

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April 20, 2012

European Table Tennis Tournament in Slovenia

European Table Tennis Tournament in Slovenia

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April 04, 2012

Figure Skating Elegance in Vienna

31 Skaters from 6 countries took part in Austria's fourth National Winter Games Figure Skating competition held in the beautiful surroundings of Vienna

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April 03, 2012

Athletes cross the line at Tel Aviv Marathon in record time

Two athletes from Special Olympics Israel complete the 2012 Tel Aviv marathon for the first time ever in the history of Special Olympics Israel.

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April 02, 2012

Serban Nicolescu in his own words!

'We Can Win' is a book by author Elena Lazar which tells the story of Serban Nicolescu, a Special Olympics athlete from Romania. It was launched by Serban on World Down Syndrome Day in March 2012.

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March 23, 2012

Listening to the Sound of Snow

Special Olympics Russia coach Alexander Tyuliandin, 60, who works in an institution for young people with intellectual disabilities in Kostroma, listens to the stillness around him to gauge snow conditions as his two athletes practice.

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March 23, 2012

Coach mantra gets athlete across the finish line

A combination of fighting spirit and coach Rustam Mavlikeev’s mantra – “Run, run, run” – helped Special Olympics athlete Anna Kireeva, aged 17 from Ulyanovsk in southwest Russia, complete the 200 m snowshoe race.

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March 23, 2012

Devoted to her son, dedicated to Special Olympics

Galina Bezrukowa wants her son Stepan, aged 30, who competed in the 50 m snowshoe race, to enjoy all of the benefits that Special Olympics can offer.

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March 23, 2012

Enjoying every moment of a birthday

Special Olympics athlete Ivan Toropov celebrated his sixteenth birthday during the Murmansk competition.

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March 23, 2012

Benefits of cross-country skiing go beyond the track

Sergey Sizyukhin, 17, did not take to cross-country skiing immediately when his mother enrolled him the in adapted sports school for children and youths with disabilities in Murmansk 10 years ago.

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March 22, 2012

Athlete gains purpose in life through sports

During the winter months Special Olympics cross-country skier Katya Rodionova, 28 trains daily with her coach Gennady Bolonov, 47, so she was well prepared to take on the 50 m and 100 m races.

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March 19, 2012

Speed Skating Competition in the Netherlands

80 Special Olympics Speed Skaters from across Hungary, Kazakhstan, Norway, the Netherlands,  Poland and Russia took part in the first ever Special Olympics Speed Skating-Short Track Regional Competitions from March 9th – 11th.

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January 09, 2012

UNICEF Exhibition featuring Special Olympics Montenegro Athletes

Four Special Olympics athletes joined four Paralympics athletes as subjects of a photo exhibition commissioned by UNICEF Montenegro.

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January 09, 2012

UNICEF supports Special Olympics in Azerbaijan

Special Olympics and UNICEF wrap up a regional development project where Special Olympics Azerbaijan is creating new sports opportunities for young people with intellectual disabilities in the Goychay and Ganja regions.

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December 20, 2011

Christmas Golf Tournament in Portugal

Special Olympics Golfers from five European countries celebrated a two-day Christmas Golf Tournament at Montado Golf Centre in Setubal, Portugal from December 9th to the 11th, 2011.

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December 14, 2011

Shooting Hoops with the Euroleague Stars in Serbia

Serbia kicked off their Special Olympics European Basketball Week with a National Basketball Tournament for male athletes on November 26th in Krusevac. This event was followed by a National Basketball Tournament for women in Pirot on December 3rd and a promotional appearance at the Euroleague game between Partizan Mt:s and Maccabi Electra on December 1st.

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December 14, 2011

Lithuanian Towns Come Together for European Basketball

More than 300 athletes took part in events throughout towns and village special schools, social care homes and days centres in Lithuania as part of 2011 Special Olympics European Basketball Week from November 24th to December 4th.

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December 14, 2011

Healthy Athlete Activity at Albanian Basketball Week

The Albanian city of Elbasan welcomed more than 180 athletes from five regions to their Special Olympics Basketball Week event which was a mixture of sport competition, Healthy Athletes and for the first time ever a Special Smiles program.

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December 14, 2011

Ukraine Basketball Week Focuses on Children Under 15 Years

2011 European Basketball Week (Nov 24th to December 4th) in Ukraine took a specific focus on providing opportunities in basketball for children under the age of 15.

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December 14, 2011

Highest Participation Rate to Date in Slovenia's Basketball Week

For Special Olympics Slovenia athletes Thursday, December 1st was a special day.  Falling within 2011 European Basketball Week, a ten state basketball tournament was organised in the Franc Rozman Stane Sports Complex in Ljubljana to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Janez.

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December 13, 2011

Partnership with International Floorball Federation

Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia has entered into partnership with the International Floorball Federation (IFF) with the official signing of an agreement between Denis Doolan, Acting President of SOEE, Filip Suman, Vice President of IFF during the Women's World Floorball Championship in St. Gallen, Switzerland on December 9th.

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December 13, 2011

SO Poland Swimmers at the 2011 European Swimming Championship

Thanks to our partnership with the European Swimming Federation (LEN), all eyes were on Special Olympics swimmers during the recent European Swimming Championships which took place in Szczecin, Poland on December 11, 2011.

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December 12, 2011

Athens 2011 Healthy Athlete Programme Transforms Lives

The lives of three athletes from The Netherlands were transformed for good after participating in the Healthy Athlete Programme during the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens last summer.

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December 12, 2011

European Skiers Preapre for Korea 2013

More than 85 Special Olympics skiers and coaches from eight European countries took part in an SOEE Alpine Skiing Camp in Murau, Austria from December 3rd to 9th in preparation for the 2012 Skiing season and the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea.

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December 09, 2011

Poland Kick-Off European Basketball Week with Press Conference

Special Olympics Poland kicked off their European Basketball Week with a press conference in Warsaw on November 24th followed by ten regional and local tournaments and a promotional appearance at the Asseco Prokom vs. FC Barcelona Regal Euroleague game on December 1st.

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December 09, 2011

A Busy Week in Ireland for European Basketball Week

2011 Special Olympics European Basketball Week was a resounding success in Ireland full of many exciting tournaments and events.  Regional games were held throughout the week across Ireland while the men’s and women’s National Basketball Cup took place on November 26th.

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November 23, 2011

Project UNIFY Kick-Off Meeting in Rome, Italy, November 15-17

The European Project UNIFY pilot program was kicked off with a meeting in Rome/Italy November 15-17.

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November 07, 2011

Stars make a splash with Special Olympics Athletes in Croatia

Water Polo and Tennis Stars join Special Olympics Croatia at the Pool.

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November 02, 2011

Regional Artistic Gymnastics Seminar, Italy

23 representatives from 14 European countries attended the Regional Artistic Gymnastics Seminar in Genova, Italy on October 27-30.

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October 24, 2011

Unified Partners Work for Change.

Two Special Olympics Great Britain Unified Partners worked with a local club to develop Unified Sports.

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October 21, 2011

Recognition for the First Lady of Poland

Special Olympics Athletes from Poland honour their First Lady for all the support she has shown them.

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October 21, 2011

SO Serbia athletes attend UEFA EURO 2012 Group C Qualifier

UEFA EURO 2012 Group C qualifiers was attended by Special Olympics Serbia athletes and coaches

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October 21, 2011

Special Olympics Serbia Athletes Make a Splash During Competition

Special Olympics Serbia Athletes Make a Splash During Competition

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September 24, 2011

SO Ambassador Princess Charlene of Monaco Hosts EKS Day Lunch

On Saturday September 24th Global Ambassador for Special Olympics Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco held a lunch on board The World in honour of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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September 15, 2011

Vélocité Paris to Nice Charity Cycle

On September 24, the day we celebrate our founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, twenty brave men and women will don their spandex and set off on their very own “Tour de France” for Special Olympics.

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July 01, 2011

Anca's Winning Shot

Anca Chirita’s journey to the Special Olympics World Games was a long one. The 20-year-old Romanian bocce player was abandoned to an institution at the age of three, and was shifted among various institutions every couple of years after that.

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June 25, 2011

World Games: Becoming a National Champion

Philip Gruppetta’s bowling talents were apparent at the early age of 11 when he was training with Special Olympics twice a week. He debuted on the world stage at the 2007 Games in Shanghai, where he won silver in his division, and now he comes to Athens to win.  But his ambitions don’t end there. Philip would like to become the National Champion in tenpin bowling in Malta.

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April 21, 2011

Royal Fan

The joy of Special Olympics attracts fans from all walks of life, including some household names. World class athletes like Michael Phelps and Nadia Comaneci and entertainers like Vanessa Williams and Joe Jonas support the Special Olympics vision that sports can pave the way for acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. We also have a few royal fans.

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