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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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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."

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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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March 24, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

Actor Liam Neeson Lends his Voice to Special Olympics Short Film

By Maureen Rabbitt

The ‘Be A Champion’ video was produced for Special Olympics by Atomic Sport with the support of the Irish Sports Council.

The Hollywood star narrates a specially commissioned short film titled 'Be A Champion', celebrating the prowess and dedication of the 88 athletes who will represent Team Ireland at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles this summer.View Story The Hollywood star narrates a specially commissioned short film titled 'Be A Champion', celebrating the prowess and dedication of the 88 athletes who will represent Team Ireland at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles this summer. Often when a child is born with an intellectual disability their parents are told not to expect much for their life. Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities reveal their inner champion. By providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, children and adults with intellectual disabilities are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries and competing in 20 sports will participate in LA 2015.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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March 24, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: France

2015 Basketball School World Champions to be show how to Play Unified

By Sabine Menke

The demonstration opportunity follows a partnership agreement signed between Special Olympics and the International School Sport Federation, organisers of the Championship.

For the first time, a Special Olympics Unified Basketball demonstration will take place at the 2015 Basketball School World Championship in Limoges, France from April 18 to 24.View Story For the first time, a Special Olympics Unified Basketball demonstration will take place at the 2015 Basketball School World Championship in Limoges, France from April 18 to 24. Two Special Olympics France Unified Basketball teams will be involved with young players training from 15 to 18 from a high school and special needs institution who have been training together since October 2014. “I made new friends and we share together very good moments” says Christopher, 18. Alexis, aged 15 and playing basketball since 2010, says: “We have learnt respect”. For Maxime, 15 years old, she now has “a new mind set, a more interesting way of playing.” Coach Eric Noireaud commends the athletes for their team spirit “During their training sessions, athletes and partners have got to know each other. They have developed a mutual friendship. They have learnt to play together and respect their differences”.

About Sabine Menke:I am responsible for Unified Sports and Youth Activation in Europe Eurasia.
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March 20, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Spain

Paul McGinley to Host Golf Classic for Special Olympics at PGA Catalunya Resort

By Maureen Rabbitt

Winning captain of The 2014 Ryder Cup, Paul McGinley, will host a Golf Classic at Spain’s number one golf course, PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course on May 18, 2015. The event will help raise funds to send Special Olympics athletes to the World Summer Games in Los Angeles in July.View Story Winning captain of The 2014 Ryder Cup, Paul McGinley, will host a Golf Classic at Spain’s number one golf course, PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course on May 18, 2015. The event will help raise funds to send Special Olympics athletes to the World Summer Games in Los Angeles in July. Commenting on the upcoming event, Paul McGinley said: “I am happy to partner with Special Olympics, an organisation that, through sport, helps transforms lives. I am extremely supportive of its efforts in raising awareness of the talent and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, as well as empowering athletes to reach their full potential. “By staging the Golf Classic at PGA Catalunya Resort, a world class golf course and on every golfer’s “must play” list, I hope many will join me in Spain to support a great cause. I anticipate this being a truly exciting event,” added Paul. Special guests include European Tour Player, Peter Lawrie, and Special Olympics athlete, Eduardo Vegas Ochoa.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Mar 27 - 29 2015

European Figure Skating Competition

On the 27th of March, Vienna will host the 9th International Figure Skating competition for Special Olympics skaters. There will be 32 participants from 6 different countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Slovakia and Russia) will take part in this 2 day competition. This is the largest figure skating competition for European athletes outside of the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
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Elisabeth Sieber
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Eissportzentrum Kagran
Vienna, 22. district, Attemsgasse 1, entry: Prandaugasse
Vienna
AUSTRIA

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


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