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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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Stories from Europe-Eurasia


March 29, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

Tim Shriver: The people we exclude will eliminate intolerance

By Maureen Rabbitt

In an interview with Spain's leading national newspaper ABC, Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics tells us that Special Olympics is the way for those least valued to heal the world.View Story In an interview with Spain's leading national newspaper ABC, Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics tells us that Special Olympics is the way for those least valued to heal the world. "Our athletes are Olympic athletes. Many people who come to Special Olympics end up crying. Something inside of us opens. Something so emotional that you can’t avoid. You say to yourself “My fears are gone, I only see a human being competing and it teaches me everything that I know.” It’s amazing!" Speaking of the World Summer Games taking place in celebrity-filled Los Angeles this summer: "We will demonstrate that the real stars in life are those that, in a simple way, trust human beings in their heart and look to the future with optimism." On the future: "We are introducing Unified Sports to schools. If you grow up like this, as an adult you won’t see differences, only what comes from inside. It’s not a bad goal, right?"

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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March 29, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Cyprus

REACH UP L.A.

By GEORGIOS PANAYIDES

Special Olympics Cyprus with the cooperation with the Cyprus Sport Organization organized a fabulous event, on Friday March 20th. Particularly, all Delegation members took pictures together with a various celebrities of the Cyprus society.View Story Special Olympics Cyprus with the cooperation with the Cyprus Sport Organization organized a fabulous event, on Friday March 20th. Particularly, all Delegation members took pictures together with a various celebrities of the Cyprus society. Professional football players, athletes of athletics, of taekwondo of shooting, retired athletes took part in the campaign Reach up L.A. The event sponsored by the ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus Sports Organization. The Ministry of Education, Dr. Costas Kadis mentioned in his speech that, the L.A. Games is an extraordinary event and the government of Cyprus Supports the athletes, the coaches and the board of Directors for their volunteering contribution. The ministry and the Cyprus Sports Organization will contribute in any way the Cyprus Delegation.

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March 29, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

My Nephew

By Jack Creed

My Nephew has autism. He is 17 years old but has the mental age of a 10 year old boy. He is a big young adult now, being over 6 ft tall but people hear him talk and judge him and have always used the R-word to describe him.View Story My Nephew has autism. He is 17 years old but has the mental age of a 10 year old boy. He is a big young adult now, being over 6 ft tall but people hear him talk and judge him and have always used the R-word to describe him. He is training to become a pro wrester. Wrestling has always been his passion and every time I see him training, my heart swells with pride. Just because you're different to other people, doesn't mean you can't do things everyone else can do.

About Jack Creed:Im a 29 year old Father of one, im a Casino Inspector who has a great lust for life, my family is the most important thing in my life. I love to read and play music.
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March 27, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Historic Government Funding for Special Olympics Great Britain

By Suzanne Coogan

The UK Government has demonstrated its support and commitment to Special Olympics in Great Britain with a significant cash investment of £2 million. The level of funding is unprecedented and represents the largest Exchequer allocation in the history of Special Olympics Great Britain.View Story The UK Government has demonstrated its support and commitment to Special Olympics in Great Britain with a significant cash investment of £2 million. The level of funding is unprecedented and represents the largest Exchequer allocation in the history of SO Great Britain. The funding will enable Special Olympics Great Britain to grow and strengthen the number of sports clubs in the UK providing training and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Currently there are 150 sports clubs serving 8,000 athletes. The Government investment will also ensure 115 athletes from Special Olympics Great Britain can travel and represent their country at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles this summer. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: “I’m immensely proud to be supporting Special Olympics Great Britain to actively recruit, inspire and empower people with intellectual disabilities to reach for the finishing line in their favourite sport." CEO Special Olympics Great Britain,Karen Wallen:"I sincerely thank the Government for this recognition and significant financial support."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager of Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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March 24, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Cyprus

Reach Up L.A.

By GEORGIOS PANAYIDES

Special Olympics Cyprus with the cooperation with the Cyprus Sport Organization organized a fabulous event, on Friday March 20th. Particularly, all Delegation members took pictures together with a various celebrities of the Cyprus society.View Story Special Olympics Cyprus with the cooperation with the Cyprus Sport Organization organized a fabulous event, on Friday March 20th. Particularly, all Delegation members took pictures together with a various celebrities of the Cyprus society. Professional football players, athletes of athletics, of taekwondo of shooting, retired athletes took part in the campaign Reach up L.A. The event sponsored by the ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus Sports Organization. The Ministry of Education, Dr. Costas Kadis mentioned in his speech that, the L.A. Games is an extraordinary event and the government of Cyprus Supports the athletes, the coaches and the board of Directors for their volunteering contribution. The ministry and the Cyprus Sports Organization will contribute in any way the Cyprus Delegation.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Apr 10 - 12 2015

European Badminton Seminar

Special Olympics will be hosting a three day Badminton Seminar for coaches at the House of Sport in Copenhagen, Denmark. Twenty coaches from across Europe will participate in this seminar. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Mariusz Damentko , Soren Jul Kristensen
Email: MDamentko@specialolympics.org
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House of Sport
Brøndby Stadion 20 2605 Brøndby

Copenhagen, Copenhagen
DENMARK

May 30 - Jun 6 2015

15th Annual Special Olympics European Football week

The Special Olympics Annual European Football Week idea was initiated in the year 2000 supported by UEFA. Starting with 15 countries in 2000, currently Special Olympics European Football Week involves almost all European countries. Each country organizes a variety of football activities including large tournaments, exhibition matches during Club and Football Federation events and small local competitions hosted by communities and schools with an average participation of up to 50,000 people. During Football Week, Special Olympics footballers of all abilities showcase their skills and determination on pitches throughout the Europe Eurasia region. The aim of football week is to encourage people from all walks of life to get involved in the Special Olympics movement using the most popular sport. 2015 edition focus is on Play Unified and living a healthy lifestyle. The kick off the week will host be invitational 7-a-side Football Tournament on 29-31 May with 12 European teams in Rosmalen, The Netherlands.
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Miroslaw Krogulec
Email: MKrogulec@specialolympics.org
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50 countries around Europe
POLAND

Jul 12 - 16 2015

European 7-a-side Football Tournament “Kim Kallstrom Trophy” by Gothia Cup

Fifth edition of “Kim Källström Trophy” the Special Olympics European 7-a-side football tournament to be held in Gothenburg 12th-16th of July 2015 as part of Gothia Cup. Since the start in 1975 this international youth football tournament has received teams from more than 140 nations. Over 1 million youth football players have taken part making the Gothia Cup not only the biggest but also the most international youth tournament in the world. The Kim Källström Trophy is cooperation between Gothia Cup, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Special Olympics Sweden and the Swedish national player Kim Källström. The main sponsor of the event is Goodsport Foundation. The Gothia Cup is a tournament where the meeting between youth people from different countries and culture are a priority. We therefore kindly ask, that teams which are interested in participating in the tournament does not have an elite focus in their organization. This is a lead to equal the level of the teams that are participating in the tournament. The fourth edition of Kim Källström Trophy was held during 2014 with a lot of positive feedback from the 30 participating teams. The participating teams represented 13 different nations around the world. For 2015 our aim is to invite more international teams and to increase the number of female teams in the tournament.
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Kristina Sager and Jonatan Sandberg
Email: Kristina.sager@gothiacup.se
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Kviberg fields
Gothenburg, Gothenburg
SWEDEN


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