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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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November 13, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Retarded or Amazing?

By Tiger

I was in a bad place when I met Johnny, and he gave me back my faith in humanity, taught me how to love and believe, and hope again. I owe him everything.View Story The most awesome friend I ever had was a seven year old boy with Down syndrome. I met him in my early 30's. He was the only person who noticed I was hurting when my brother died. Everyone called him retard and mongol, yet when it came to all the most important things in life--love, patience, generosity, kindness, and caring--somehow he always managed to be the smartest one in the room. We spent a whole summer hunting bridge trolls, training to be super heroes, fighting monsters, and receiving letters and postcards (delivered by elf express) and cakes and candy from the loch ness monster, elves, and other magical creatures, as well as babysitting a dragon's treasure at his cave whilst he was on holiday. It broke my heart to see how much and how often ignorant people hurt him and called him names, and I gave them hell more than once. I was in a bad place when I met Johnny, and he gave me back my faith in humanity, taught me how to love and believe, and hope again. I owe him everything.

About Tiger:I'm just an ordinary person who was blessed enough to know someone special. The name Johnny means Gift from God and I truly believe that God sent this awesome little boy to me to heal my broken heart.
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November 13, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Malta

European Leadership Conference Convenes in Malta Next Week

By Maureen Rabbitt

The conference will be opened by Mrs Michelle Muscat, Chairwoman of SO Malta and wife of Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

Valetta may be Europe's smallest capital but its hospitality holds no bounds. From November 21st to 22nd the city will host leadership from 48 Special Olympics national programmes across Europe and Central Asia for the 2014 Special Olympics European Leadership Conference.View Story Valetta may be Europe's smallest capital but its hospitality holds no bounds. From November 21st to 22nd the city will host leadership from 48 Special Olympics national programmes across Europe and Central Asia for the 2014 Special Olympics European Leadership Conference. Under the theme 'Bigger, Faster, Stronger' the two-day conference will provide a forum for intense discussions on how Special Olympics can become better known, better funded and more successful through expansion of sports opportunities and championing the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. Download the 'Special Olympics European Leadership Conference' mobile application on any iOS or android device.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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November 10, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Eyal Damari Special Olympic player is a champion of youth bowling club Petah Tikva 2014

By DAMARI AMNON

I would like to update that Eyal Damari Special Olympic player is a champion of youth bowling club Petah Tikva 2014. I am attaching pictures of the distribution of trophies which gives to Eyal by Arie Fisher for the personal records that Eyal achieve in the season.View Story I would like to update that Eyal Damari Special Olympic player is a champion of youth bowling club Petah Tikva 2014 I am attaching pictures of the distribution of trophies which gives to Eyal by Arie Fisher for the personal records that Eyal achieve in the season. I am enclosing an article by journalist David Nhnberg from Modiin Modi'in's Young Bowling Star by David Nachenberg Eyal Damari could almost be your typical 15 year old Israeli teen, except that he is a serious bowler. He bowls in whatever limited youth bowling competitions there are in Israel, and has bowled in the Modi'in Sunday Night League--an adult league--since he was 8. Eyal has bowled around 40 games over 200, including a high game of 246 last season in the Sunday league. Recently, Eyal won first place in the Youth League in Petach Tikva, in which he rolled a season personal best 235 and he blasted the pins for a 609 (3-game) series. He averaged 178 in the Youth League this season.

About DAMARI AMNON:My name is Amnon Damari I am the father of Eyal Damari We live in a Reut near Modi'in ISRAEL Eyal 15-year-old play with me bowling since the age of 8
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November 10, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Spain

Special and beautiful, that is what you are

By Cristina Sánchez

I live in Spain, so, people here use a different r-word, but just as hurtful and unfair. When I was small, we had classmates with Down syndrome at school.View Story I live in Spain, so, people here use a different r-word, but just as hurtful and unfair. When I was small, we had classmates with Down syndrome at school, I lived in a very small town and had never met any such special kids before: they were gentle, fun, gorgeous... I wanted a brother or sister like them! Over the years, I have met quite a few kids with Down syndrome, and, every one of them has surprised and enchanted me, just like any other charming, beautiful kid. In France, I met a young girl who was perfectly bilingual in French and Spanish... How many of you can say that? I hate any demeaning, hurtful term used to call any person. Nobody deserves that. If you feel that you need to insult, then there is something wrong with YOU, not with the target of your insult.

About Cristina Sánchez:Not much to say about me... Just love my fellow creatures, people and animals :-)
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November 10, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Enough is enough

By Gracey-May O'Reilly

From the amazing story about the two beautiful little girls, this story inspired me and I hope it inspires others too

The R word is not cool. It is despicable. At my primary it was the only thing people would say but I'm sick of it now, I'm in secondary and I hate it up to here.View Story The R word is not cool. It is despicable. At my primary it was the only thing people would say but I'm sick of it now, I'm in secondary and I hate it up to here with the horribleness of the R word. They are not retards they are amazing young people that are too cool for you!!

About Gracey-May O'Reilly:I'm a student at a school in GB and I'm here to help those who have Down syndrome or anything and to SPREAD THE WORD TO STOP THE WORD!!
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Nov 28 - 30 2014

Motor Activity Training Program National Meeting

The Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) is designed to prepare athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability, including athletes with significant physical disabilities, for sport-specific activities appropriate for their abilities. In this 5th edition, the MATP National Meeting will gather about 200 athletes from all over Spain and will include the Healthy Athletes Program, and Opening and Closing ceremonies.
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Pazo Provincial dos Deportes de Lugo
Lugo, Galicia
SPAIN

Dec 11, 2014
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Special Olympics Spain Gala (8th edition)

Once more, Special Olympics Spain will award a personality or an organization with an active role in culture, sports or the disability sector that has helped to promote personal development and social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Casa AméricaMadrid
SPAIN


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