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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марта 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Special Olympics Israel - Unified League - Pairs

By Reuven Astrachan

The I.B.F players and Special Olympics athlete warming up before the beginning of the games

The first round of the Unified League was held on Friday, February 21, 2014. Unified League is a special and unique project that kicked off activities a few weeks ago, in the wake of a cooperation agreement signed between the Israel Bowling Association and Special Olympics Israel.View Story The first round of the Unified League was held on Friday, February 21, 2014. Unified League is a special and unique project that kicked off activities a few weeks ago, in the wake of a cooperation agreement signed between the Israel Bowling Association and Special Olympics Israel. The League will be held once a month until July, and will continue after the summer holidays with additional athletes and players who want to join in the activities. 24 Special Olympics Athletes and 24 Players from 5 clubs of Israel Bowling Federation came from far and wide to the competition held at the Petach Tikva Bowling Center. The Bowling Association players and the Special Olympics athletes played together in a pair format, two pairs on each lane. In each League round, each pair will be allocated to a lane with another pair, which will provide an opportunity for all the participants, from all over the country, to get to know one another. Furthermore, the Club players coach the Special Olympics athletes on a weekly basis, outside of the League competition (each pair at its home club), in order to advance the Athletes, both from a professional aspect as well as from the social aspect (such as: Collaborating as a pair during the game, etc.).

About Reuven Astrachan:Acting National Director & National Sport Director
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марта 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Living and playing unified in Attica

By Joanna Despotopoulou

Special Olympics Hellas athletes receive certificates of appreciation for their participation in the Mainstream Schools National Games.

There was amazing energy and excitement in Attica 22-23 February 2014 as young people from Athens met up with Special Olympics Hellas athletes in so-called Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics.View Story There was amazing energy and excitement in Attica 22-23 February 2014 as young people from Athens met up with Special Olympics Hellas athletes in so-called Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics. The Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs included, for the first time, Special Olympics athletes in Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics. The result was a celebration of youth activation that gathered youth together so they could all proclaim “Ime Mesa!” (I’m in!). The President of Special Olympics Hellas, Mrs Joanna Despotopoulou, concluded the day’s events by thanking all those involved, saying “When we play and live unified we create a society where everyone is respected and valued, regardless of their abilities.” At the closing, Mrs Despotopoulou was joined by the President of the Hellenic Federation of Aquatics, Mr Diathesopoulos Dimitrios, to present Certificates of Appreciation to all Special Olympics Hellas athletes.

About Joanna Despotopoulou:Joanna Despotopoulou is president of Special Olympics Hellas.
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марта 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

A Unified Bowling Project in Israel

By Reuven Astrachan

After months of preparation, a special, unique and important project has been rolled out – the Unified Bowling League of the Special Olympics bowlers and the bowlers of the Israeli Bowling federation.View Story After months of preparation, a special, unique and important project has been rolled out – the Unified Bowling League of the Special Olympics bowlers and the bowlers of the Israeli Bowling federation. The unified project is the result of a cooperation agreement signed in November 2013 between the two organizations. The league is held in a Pairs format with the pair comprising one Special Olympics player and one Bowling federation player. The Bowling federation players will train the Special Olympics players as part of the project and every few weeks they will meet at one of the Bowling Centers around Israel to hold national league games. We wish all the participants in the project great success and thank the Bowling federation players who volunteered for this noble activity.

About Reuven Astrachan:Acting National Director & National Sport Director
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марта 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Czech Republic

Unified Floorball Demo teaches a Valuable Lesson

By Merita Bruun

Special Olympics Czech Republic Unified Floorball teams Benesov and Sedlec compete a demo match at the IFF Women's World Floorball Championships.

1:0 was the final score of an exciting Special Olympics Unified Floorball demonstration game at the International Floorball Federation World’s Women Championships in the Czech Republic.View Story 1:0 was the final score of the exciting Special Olympics Unified Floorball demonstration game which took place during the International Floorball Federation World’s Women Championships in Brno Arena in the Czech Republic on December 8th. This was the first time for a Unified Floorball match to be played in Brno and the spectators were not disappointed with the competitive spirit and fair play between the two teams Benesov and Sedlec. Both teams are trained under Head Coach Stanislav Urban. “We are thrilled to showcase the talents and skills of Special Olympics athletes during one of the top events on of the year on the world floorball calendar” said Merita Braun, Information and Anti-doping Manager at the International Floorball Federation. “In such tense situations like a World Championship where there is a lot at stake, Special Olympics athletes remind us of the joy in game of floorball and the friendships to be made.”

About Merita Bruun:I am Information and Anti-doping Manager for the International Floorball Federation.
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марта 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Croatia

Unified football teams come together in Croatia

By Franjo Horvat

Twelve Special Olympics Unified Sports teams competed in a 7-a-side football competition in Zapresic, Croatia on 12 November 2013.View Story Twelve Special Olympics Unified Sports teams competed in a 7-a-side football competition in Zapresic, Croatia on 12 November 2013. Partners were recruited from local high school Josip Jelacic. One of the teams was comprised of low-ability players. Several of the teams had female team members. The competition was organized by Special Club Luc in cooperation with Special Olympics Croatia. “Everyone had a great time at the competition. The teams were nicely balanced and all the participants had a lot of fun,” said Franjo Horvat, National Director, Special Olympics Croatia. Zeljko Kiseljak, who represented community sports associations and federations of Zagreb County and the community sport association of the town of Zapresic, was on hand to present trophies to the teams.

About Franjo Horvat:Franjo Horvat is National Director of Special Olympics Croatia
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