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Special Olympics has 21 accredited programs addressing the needs of African people with an intellectual disability in the areas of sport, health, education and leadership. Special Olympics contributes significantly in addressing the correlation between disability and poverty, a key issue for the continent.

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August 20, 2015 | Africa: South Africa

Summer World Games Los Angeles 2015

By Wanga Manyala

"Special Olympics World Games 2015" I went to the games as a Unified Ten Pin Bowling Head Coach with a unified pair with team South Africa. 'Sweet and Short'. We went there with my team as just a team, and we came back unified, buddies and greatest friends. As i type this now,View Story I went to the games as a Unified Ten Pin Bowling Head Coach with a unified pair with Team South Africa. 'Sweet and Short'. We went there with my team as just a team, and we came back unified, buddies and greatest friends. As i type this now, i can vigorously say; i miss my friends. #Reach Up #Mariska #Cathy

About Wanga Manyala:I work as a Sports Coordinator for Special Olympics South Africa
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August 20, 2015 | North America: District of Columbia

Athletes Return Home to Praise and Recognition

By Kate McKenna

The talents of Special Olympics athletes were on full display during the nine-day World Games in Los Angeles. And their achievements continue to make an impact in the 165 countries that took part, as leaders in the highest levels of government and across society speak out about the talents and achievements of our athletes.View Story The talents of Special Olympics athletes were on full display during the nine-day World Games in Los Angeles. And their achievements continue to make an impact in the 165 countries that took part, as leaders in the highest levels of government and across society speak out about the talents and achievements of our athletes. From India to Israel, in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, Special Olympics athletes have been welcomed home to national acclaim and, in several cases, governmental pledges of renewed support for their Special Olympics programs in particular and for people with intellectual disabilities overall. This attention from Presidents, Prime Ministers, Sports Ministry officials, cultural and business leaders can have long-lasting effect – especially in parts of the world where people with intellectual disabilities face severe isolation and stigma. In those countries, what might seem like a simple “welcome home” for athletes can mark a turning point in policy.

About Kate McKenna:I am the director of editorial and multimedia for Special Olympics.
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August 14, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Special Olympics Global Ambassador Yao Ming becomes Sports Awards Judge

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics Global Ambassador and one of the world’s biggest sporting icons will be on the judging panel for a new global sport awards event to be held in Abu Dhabi. Yao Ming is China’s most famous sporting figure and remains an inspiration for young athletes.View Story Special Olympics Global Ambassador and one of the world’s biggest sporting icons will be on the judging panel for a new global sport awards event to be held in Abu Dhabi. Yao Ming is China’s most famous sporting figure and remains an inspiration for young athletes. Ming who was a leading player for the NBA's Houston Rockets, confirmed that he will be part of the Sport Media Pearl Awards - an awards competition to showcase the best in sports journalism. He will be part of an elite judging panel looking at entries from sport journalists from all over the world who report on everything from amateur to professional sporting events. The Awards, managed by AIPS (International Sports Press Association) and hosted by Abu Dhabi Media, are the first international awards dedicated to the sport media industry. They are designed to put the spotlight on sport reporting. Submissions are open in six categories: Writing, Photography, Audio, Video, Journalistic, Weblog and Sport for a Better World.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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August 11, 2015 | Africa: South Africa

Golf Gold in 1995

By Pete Sinclair

The first time that golf was played in the Special Olympics in 1995 a South African, Andrew White, won the gold medal. Andrew was again back in Los Angeles this year, and he won silver!View Story The first time that golf was played in the Special Olympics in 1995 a South African, Andrew White won the gold medal. Andrew was again back in Los Angeles this year, and he won silver!

About Pete Sinclair:I am Andrew's step father living in Hilton South Africa presently holidaying in North America
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August 01, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Côte d’Ivoire Takes Gold in Table Tennis

By Brian Smith

Côte d’Ivoire didn’t need the win – they’d already secured Gold in Table Tennis Unified Doubles by winning all their matches in the round robin, but they wanted to win their final match against Russia. It was a nail-biter.View Story Côte d’Ivoire didn’t need the win – they’d already secured Gold in Table Tennis Unified Doubles by winning all their matches in the round robin, but they wanted to win their final match against Russia. It was a nail-biter. Tied two games each, the Russian team took the early lead, but Côte d’Ivoire powered back to win and complete their clean sweep. “It is my passion,” said Special Olympics athlete Ange Ismael Kone, 16, when asked what drove him to compete. His partner, Marie M’Boua, 33, expressed his admiration for Kone’s dedication to the sport, noting that he practiced for two hours, four times a week. As is the case in most parts of the world, there is still work to be done in Côte d’Ivoire to raise awareness and increase tolerance of people with intellectual disabilities, but M’Boua expressed confidence that events like the World Games would succeed in changing attitudes. “They just need to watch him play,” said M’Boua.

About Brian Smith:I am volunteering with the Special Olympics communications team in Los Angeles.
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