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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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December 17, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

The Future for Special Olympics Winter Sports started in Zakopane

By Maureen Clarke

First Ski Camp for Young Athletes, Zakopane, Poland.

The future of Special Olympics Winter Sports is bright! The first ski camp for Young Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities took place at the ski resort of Zakopane in Poland.View Story The future of Special Olympics Winter Sports is bright! The first ski camp for Young Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities took place at the ski resort of Zakopane in Poland kindly sponsored by the Kim Samuel Foundation. 22 young athletes participated from five countries – Finland, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine from December 8th until December 11th. The ski camp trained athletes in Alpine Skiing and their families were given information and equipment in order to equip them with the right tools to start their own Young Athlete Program and Family Network Program. All families have committed to implement these programs in their own regions as a result of this great week. The ski camp included quality training on the slopes by experienced ski instructors from the ski school of Malgorzata Tlalka and her team. There were family training sessions for parents and Young Athletes in different key areas including foundation skills, walking and running; balance, jumping and catching.

About Maureen Clarke:I work with the Young Athlete and Family Programme at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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December 12, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Serbia

Special Olympics red ball debuts at Belgrade sports fair

By Milana Jeremic

(l-r) National Director Aleksandar Stanojevic, volunteer Milena Stanojevic,Vanja Minister of Youth and Sports Vanja Udovicic, and deputy to the minister Uros Zekovic.

A Sports Fair organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Sports Federation of Serbia was held in Belgrade 27-29 November, bringing together 77 national sports organizations and over 40 local sports alliances.View Story A Sports Fair organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Sports Federation of Serbia was held in Belgrade 27-29 November, bringing together 77 national sports organizations and over 40 local sports alliances. Special Olympics Serbia had the honor of being one of the 24 National Sports Federations that had its own stand. Over the three-day event, 45,000 visitors passed though the fair, many stopping to talk to Special Olympics Serbia representatives. Special Olympics Serbia presented the “Play Unified, Live Unified” campaign to visitors and arranged for them to be photographed with the campaign’s red ball. One special guest to the stand was Mr. Vanja Udovicic, Minister of Youth and Sports. The Ministry is an unwavering partner of Special Olympics Serbia. “It is very good to have Special Olympics in our sports family. Your work and all that you do in very important for so many people,” he said as he was snapped with the red ball.

About Milana Jeremic:Milana Jeremic is National Administrator of Special Olympics Serbia.
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December 12, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Malta

Europe-Eurasia Youth Leaders inspiring at the Conference in Malta

By Agnieszka Krukowska

Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia 2015-2017 Youth Advisory Committee

The Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Youth Advisory Committee took an active role in inspiring Program Leaders across the region to benefit from the potential of young people.View Story The Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Youth Advisory Committee took an active role in inspiring Program Leaders across the region to benefit from the potential of young people. During the 2014 SOEE Leadership Conference in Malta, Ruben Tofan (18), Georgiana Agafia Bighescu (18), Nicos Limiotis (19), Harry Newton (15) and Bettina Lehmann (21) highlighted that youth can be a great leadership capacity and can contribute to the Programs by providing their expertise in different areas such as: social inclusion, making friends or digital technology. It is also for the first time that youth representatives were invited to the Europe/Eurasia Leadership Council (EELC) meeting. As a result, Bettina Lehmann will also be part of the future EELC meetings to provide his/her input on behalf of youth leaders from the Regional Youth Advisory Committee.

About Agnieszka Krukowska:I am Coordinator of Youth Activation for Special Olympics in Europe/Eurasia.
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December 04, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Liechtenstein

Water Day in Liechtenstein

By Brigitte Marxer

One of the younger swimmers who enjoyed Water Day.

Special Olympics Liechtenstein organized Water Day on 24 November 2014. Thirty athletes of all ages had a great time splashing, bobbing and kicking their way through exercises, competitions, games and stations in the local public pool in Schaan.View Story Special Olympics Liechtenstein organized Water Day on 24 November 2014. Thirty athletes of all ages had a great time splashing, bobbing and kicking their way through exercises, competitions, games and stations in the local public pool in Schaan. Teachers, parents and coaches lined the sides of the pool to cheer all participants. “This is our biggest swimming event and it was awesome. Our swimmers train all year and Water Day gives them the chance to show what they can do,” said Philipp Ott, sports coordinator, Special Olympics Liechtenstein. Before the fun began, the swimmers were warmly welcomed by new board member Marco Buchel and then watched synchronized swimming team SC Flos Buchs perform. Activities as part of the Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) were included in the event for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disabilities, including those with significant physical disabilities. This is the third Water Day organized by Special Olympics Liechtenstein.

About Brigitte Marxer:Brigitte Marxer is National Director of Special Olympics Liechtenstein.
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December 01, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Bulgaria

UNICEF joins Liverpool coaches and British Ambassador to support children in Bulgaria

By Hristo Hristozov

Liverpool FC coaches, the British Ambassador and UNICEF support vulnerable children in Bulgaria.© UNICEF Bulgaria/2014/Ivaylo Spasov

Special Olympics Bulgaria athletes were among children who joined coaches from Liverpool FC Foundation together with the British Ambassador, Jonathan Allen, at a coaching session and a football match to help raise awareness about children's issues in Bulgaria.View Story Special Olympics Bulgaria athletes were among children who joined coaches from Liverpool FC Foundation together with the British Ambassador, Jonathan Allen, at a coaching session and a football match to help raise awareness about children's issues in Bulgaria. The event involved 40 children, including children with disabilities, children from care institutions and children from minority communities. UNICEF Bulgaria was a partner in the initiative together with Special Olympics Bulgaria. The training was part of Liverpool FC's visit to Sofia for the Champions League match against Ludogorets FC on 26 November 2014 in Sofia. A day earlier, the British Ambassador's wife, Elizabeth Allen, hosted an event in partnership with UNICEF Bulgaria to raise awareness about the problems facing vulnerable children in the country. These challenges include implementing the strategy for deinstitutionalization, preventing child abandonment, and integrating children with special needs and those from minority backgrounds into communities. Liverpool FC Foundation spoke about its charity work with children in the United Kingdom.

About Hristo Hristozov:Hristo Hristozov is National Director of Special Olympics Bulgaria.
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