Europe Eurasia

Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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July 29, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

FIBA Europe share 3 x 3 Euro Tour with Special Olympics

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics athletes with 3 x 3 Tour FIBA stars in Zanka, Hungary earlier this month

FIBA Europe has generously offered Special Olympics teams the great opportunity of attending 2014 3 x 3 Euro Tour in 7 cities across Europe this Summer.View Story FIBA Europe has generously offered Special Olympics teams the great opportunity of attending 2014 3 x 3 Euro Tour in 7 cities across Europe this Summer. The cities where Special Olympics teams will play and enjoy the action are Zanka (Hungary), Amsterdam (Holland), Antwerp (Belgium), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn Estonia), Gdynia (Poland), Bucharest (Romania. For the first time in Belgian Basketball history a Special Olympics Unified team participated at the qualification round of the FIBA 3 x 3 Euro Tournament in Antwerp last weekend. Athletes Jorn Vangerven, Vinnie Ruts and Robbin Belmans along with their unified partners Wim Van Roy and Valerie Geluykens played against FIBA stars much to the admiration and respect of spectators and fans and all the FIBA players. Well done to all and thank you to FIBA Europe for making this possible. Schedule of action: 2-3 August in Riga; 8-9 August in Tallinn; 16-17 August in Gdynia; 23-24 August in Copenhagen; 5-7 September in Bucharest.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Europe Eurasia Region
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July 29, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Belgium's Unified Basketball Team In the FIBA Europe 3x3 Tournament

By Kris Cuppens

For the first time in Belgian basketball history… our high-level Special Olympics Unified Basketball team participated at the qualification round of the regular FIBA Europe 3x3 tournament in Antwerp.View Story For the first time in Belgian basketball history… our high-level Special Olympics Unified Basketball team participated at the qualification round of the regular FIBA Europe 3x3 tournament in Antwerp. Our team was made up of three Special Olympics athletes and two partners without intellectual disabilities. We lost all our 3 games (3-10 / 6-19 / 7-12) but we received a lot of respect from our opponents and the organisation. Next year, we will try again to beat at least one team! Our Special Olympics athletes were Jorn Vangerven, Vinnie Ruts and Robbin Belmans. Our partners were Wim Van Roy and Valerie Geluykens. Gilbert Windey was the coach and the Unified Basketball Coordinator was Kris Cuppens

About Kris Cuppens:Kris Cuppens, Unified Basketball Coordinator, Special Olympics Belgium
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July 25, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Get Logos and Banners for 2014 European Games

By Maureen Rabbitt

For supporters of the Games, download three versions of the online banner. They're JPG files, easily shareable, and there are versions in English, Dutch and French.

Programs in Europe Eurasia can get artwork for promoting the upcoming 2014 European Games on their websites and on partner websites. The logo files are in JPG, EPS and Adobe Illustrator formats.View Story Programs in Europe Eurasia can get artwork for promoting the upcoming 2014 European Games on their websites and on partner websites. The logo files are in JPG, EPS and Adobe Illustrator formats. JPG files are usable by anyone, but EPS and AI files require special software. There are three versions of the logos; one is white on white, one is black on white and one is gray on white. There is a small full-colour JPG of the Games logo. The online banners for supporter websites are in English, French and Dutch, and are all JPGs, so they can be shared with partners easily.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications & Brand Director for Special Olympics in the Europe Eurasia Region
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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 21, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Unified Bowling League - Special Olympics Israel

By Reuven Astrachan

The three first positions of Unified doubles were awarded with medals as per their positions.

The final ( 8 th round) of the Unified 10 Pin Bowling League games were held on Friday 18 th July 2014, at the Gan Shmuel Bowling Center.View Story The final of the Unified 10 Pin Bowling League games were held on Friday 18 th July 2014, at the Gan Shmuel Bowling Center. The parents and friends of the bowlers were invited to the final round, as many other guests. After the competition, a ceremony was held, where participation medals were awarded to all the bowlers – Special Olympics athletes and Israel Bowling Federation players. The Special Olympics athletes were presented with Bowling Federation pins and the Bowling Federation players were presented with Special Olympics pins. The three first positions of Unified doubles were awarded also with medals as per their positions. Eyal Damari – the best Special Olympics athlete – was awarded with a trophy for the highest single game score (203) and for the best tree games (589). The Nofar Team – Guy Zigdon (Special Olympics athlete) and Ofer Baran (Bowling Federation player) were awarded a trophy for the highest scores in three team games. The ceremony was hosted by Shimon Yishay, vice president of the Israel Bowling Federation, who served as the volunteer manager of the Unified League throughout the season, tracking the computerized scores. Arie Fisher – the President of the Israel Bowling Federation, congratulated the participants, and thanked the owners of the bowling centers who donated the lanes in favor of the activities and each of them received a personal appreciation shield. Reuven Astrachan – The Acting National Director of Special Olympics Israel , congratulated the athletes and gratefully thanked the volunteer players who took part in the special project, stating that their volunteering is not taken for granted and, for this, they deserve our profound appreciation. Tal Raban – Deputy Chairman of Special Olympics Israel, honored the event by his presence, congratulated the athletes and awarded them medals. Rakefet Kalishov – The manager of the Rakefet Team from Herzliya and the mother of Gilad – a Special Olympics athlete.

About Reuven Astrachan:I am acting National Director of Special Olympics Israel
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Location

Aug 2 - 7 2014

Special Olympics World Golf Cup

This will be a Special Olympics level 5 golf competition that will include 18 to 24 of the best Special Olympics golf players in the world. All Special Olympics golf programs are welcome to send information about their top-5 players. Athletes will be selected and invited to compete in the tournament.
For more information
Jesper Hviid
Email:jhv@dhif.dk
Phone:+4540157660
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Helsingor Golf Club
Gl. Hellebakvej 71
Helsingor
DENMARK

Aug 16 - 17 2014

Special Olympics Norway National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Norway National Games will welcome about 100 athletes to compete in athletics at the new Brandbu Stadium, about a one hour drive north of Oslo. The games include several track and field events, such as long jump, ball throws, shot-put and running. -- NORSK: I samarbeid med Brandbu Idretsforening og Civitan Norge, ønsker Special Olympics Norge å invitere til årets store sommerstevne i friidrett! Mer informasjon og påmelding finnes på specialolympics.no
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Roald Undlien
Email:roald.undlien@specialolympics.no
Phone:+47 41 43 16 57
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Brandbu Stadion
Brandbu, Oppland
NORWAY

Sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 10 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

Sep 20 - 21 2014

Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament

Join us on September 20-21 at the Atlas Arena in Lódz, Poland during the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Men’s World Championship where athletes and unified partners from Special Olympics Poland will compete in a Unified volleyball match just before the final. Hope to see you there!
For more information
Krzysztof Krukowski
Email:kkrukowski@specialolympics.org
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Atlas Arena
Lódz, Poland
POLAND


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