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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 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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July 26, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Historic Opening to World Games 2015

By Christy White

More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the GamesView Story More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the Games, these Games are the largest event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics and mark the return of the Special Olympics Summer Games to United States after 16 years.Athletes, coaches, officials, family members, volunteers and fans were treated to a star studded opening ceremonies that electrified the LA Memorial Coliseum headlined by Stevie Wonder and included performances by Avril Lavigne, Nicole Scherzinger, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, J Balvin, Becky G, Cassadee Pope and 'Reach Up LA' theme song creator Siedah Garrett. Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen directed the show. Stars from TV, film and sports also made appearances including Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Lauren Potter, Michael Phelps, Colin Farrel and Jamal Charles.An amazing night for everyone!

About Christy White:Director, Global Media and Public Relations
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June 25, 2015 | North America: Southern California

U.S. First Lady Joins LA2015 Opening Ceremony

By Steven Vanderpool

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year.View Story The 2015 Special Olympics World Games (LA2015) is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year. The First Lady of the United States serves as an honorary co-chair of the World Games with President Barack Obama. "The First Lady's attendance complemented by the diversity of these talented performers will make the Opening Ceremony an extraordinary moment for Los Angeles and for the Special Olympics movement," said LA2015 President and CEO Patrick McClenahan. "We look forward to sharing the excitement of the Opening Ceremony with millions of people worldwide."

About Steven Vanderpool:I am Senior Vice President, Communications and Media Operations, for Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.
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June 18, 2015 | North America: Southern California

Star-studded LA2015 Opening Ceremony

By Christy White

Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and Reach Up LA theme song creator Siedah Garrett will headline the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, GView Story Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and Reach Up LA theme song creator Siedah Garrett will headline the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, Greg Louganis, Stephanie McMahon, and Lauren Potter (one of the most popular actresses with an intellectual disability) among others, the show is set to be one of the most inspirational events Los Angeles has ever hosted. Nearly 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 170 countries will be welcomed at the Opening Ceremony, held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. More than 60,000 fans including Royalty, Heads of State and Government, and other distinguished personalities will cheer on the athletes inside the Coliseum, while a global audience can watch coverage provided by ESPN, the official broadcast partner of the World Games.

About Christy White:I am director of media and public relations for Special Olympics International.
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June 09, 2015 | North America: Southern California

Special Olympics Social Impact Summit

By Special Olympics GenUin

Special Olympics announces the convening of the first Special Olympics Social Impact Summit focused on creating Generation Unified, where youth will work together to fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice.View Story Special Olympics announces the convening of the first Special Olympics Social Impact Summit focused on creating Generation Unified, where youth will work together to fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice. The GenUin Social Impact Summit is designed to generate critical change around the pressing issues facing people with intellectual disabilities. This six-day summit will be held from July 23-28 during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Calif. and will feature 120 young social change leaders aged 16-25 years old, with and without intellectual disabilities, from 30 countries around the world, who will challenge each other to generate true acts of inclusion in their respective communities. For more information, please follow us @SOGenUin.

About Special Olympics GenUin:The GenUin Social Impact Summit is designed to generate critical change around the pressing issues facing people with intellectual disabilities.
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The Start of the Solution

Young people from around the globe with and without intellectual disabilities are coming together at the SOGenUin Summit as part of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games with one goal - to change the world.

 

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