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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Stories from Europe-Eurasia


October 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Isle of Man

the r word

By Ethan

I have many learning problems and depression and because of my learning problems I get called that word a lot and it hurts and I feel bad so please dont use that word. it hurts a lot and it isn't right.View Story I have many learning problems and depression and because of my learning problems I get called that word a lot and it hurts and I feel bad so please dont use that word. it hurts a lot and it isn't right.

About Ethan:Im not anything so I just puit whatever for that part but I do like to run but I have a disability in my legs so its hard for me to do it
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October 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Croatia

EKS honored at volleyball competition in Croatia

By Franjo Horvat

Female player gets ready to serve during the volleyball competition in Zagreb.

The poor weather did not dampen the spirits of participants as Special Olympics Croatia held its eighth national volleyball competition on 25 September 2014 in Zagreb.View Story The poor weather did not dampen the spirits of participants as Special Olympics Croatia held its eighth national volleyball competition on 25 September 2014 in Zagreb. Approximately 100 participants, from 10 institutions and centers, took part in the event that included both male and female volleyball teams and a Unified Volleyball demonstration. The competition was held at the Tuskanac Home for Children and Youth. During the Opening Ceremony the life and work of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) was highlighted to honor her on EKS Day. The Unified Volleyball demonstration, building on the "Play Unified, Live Unified" concept, brought together Special Olympics athletes with the Ministry of Interior (Police Academy), the Protective Honorary Battalion and the Jabukovac Primary School. Guests included several students from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

About Franjo Horvat:Franjo Horvat is National Director of Special Olympics Croatia.
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October 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

President of Greece Honours Special Olympics Athletes

By Stella Psarrou

In Athens, Greece H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Karolos Papolulias welcomed Team Hellas to the Presidential Palace and honoured each member of the Greek delegation with a Medal of the Presidency for their valiant and admirable performance at the Special Olympics European Summer Games 2014.View Story In Athens, Greece H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Karolos Papolulias welcomed Team Hellas to the Presidential Palace and honoured each member of the Greek delegation with a Medal of the Presidency for their valiant and admirable performance at the Special Olympics European Summer Games 2014. “In these difficult times the whole world is facing, achievements such as yours, provide us with a reason to hope and strongly believe in the importance of effort and human determination ... for once again you have proven that you are winners of life" said President President of Special Olympics Hellas, Joanna Despotopoulou, extended her gratitude to President Papoulias for the high honour and promised that Special Olympics will continue to make every effort to integrate people with intellectual disabilities into our society through sport. She presented President Papolulias with the Special Olympics Hellas “EYNIKN” (Eunice) Award.

About Stella Psarrou:I work in Communications for Special Olympics Greece.
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October 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Successful partnership continues to generate sports opportunities for athletes

By Kada Delic-Selimovic

Special Olympics athletes who won medals at the recent European Games in Antwerp were recognized during Opening Ceremonies.

A successful partnership between Special Olympics and a local disability group in Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to flourish. Together, Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina and OAZA organized a competition for over 400 Special Olympics athletes.View Story A successful partnership between Special Olympics and a local disability group in Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to flourish. Together, Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina and OAZA organized a competition for over 400 Special Olympics athletes. The event, the fourth large competition to be jointly organized, took place in Sarajevo from 25-28 September 2014 in Sarajevo. On 27 September, the day’s sports events were dedicated to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Special Olympics athletes competed in seven sports. The Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) also was organized for those individuals with severe intellectual disabilities and 86 people took part. The games were funded through an initiative that OAZA has with SHIA, a network of Swedish disability groups funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and FIFH Malmo, a Swedish disability sports organization.

About Kada Delic-Selimovic:Kada Delic-Selimovic is National Director of Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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October 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Greece and EKS Day: Together we build a world of UNITY!

By Joanna Despotopoulou

Athletes, families, coaches and supporters came together in Greece to celebrate EKS Day.

On 27 September 2014, the 5th Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day), was celebrated in four cities in Greece; Marousi-Athens, Chalkida, Veroia and Patras. Athletes, coaches, family members, volunteers, Unified partners and citizens of the cities came together.View Story On 27 September 2014, the 5th Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day), was celebrated in four cities in Greece; Marousi-Athens, Chalkida, Veroia and Patras. Athletes, coaches, family members, volunteers, Unified partners and citizens of the cities came together. The day’s celebrations included a photo presentation of the Special Olympics founder’s life, speeches by Special Olympics Hellas athletes and Unified Sports competitions. All of these activities honored the legacy of “EYNIKH.” Joanna Despotopoulou, President, Special Olympics Hellas, said, during the day’s proceedings: “We need to continue to build on the legacy, to make it stronger through sports and through Special Olympics. To change attitudes, to built the self-esteem of people with intellectual disabilities, and to include them in the community. And for all these values, we are grateful to “EYNIKH,” and we thank each one of you for being part of the Special Olympics community. Together we build a world of UNITY!”

About Joanna Despotopoulou:Joanna Despotopoulou is president of Special Olympics Hellas.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Oct 17 - 19 2014

Special Olympics Spain Athletics Championship

The fantastic National Police Sports Center will hold another Special Olympics competition. This time, for 150 athletes from all over Spain, along with 30 coaches and 20 delegates. They will enjoy three days of sport, friendship and making a difference.
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National Police Sports CenterÁvila
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Nov 7 - 9 2014

"Más que Tenis" Fundación Rafa Nadal National Tennis Meeting

Join us on 7-9 November at the Son Moix Sports Center in Palma de Mallorca, where Special Olympics tennis players will enjoy 3 days of tennis, companionship and fun. In 2010, Fundación Rafa Nadal and Special Olympics Spain created the first tennis schools to make tennis more accessible to Special Olympics athletes. Today, there are 15 schools in 6 Regions, where almost 150 athletes train and play twice a week.
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Poliesportiu Son Moix
Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
SPAIN


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