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Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa is one of the Special Olympics’ global seven regions. Comprising 22 Arab states, along with Iran,  Special Olympics in the Middle East-North Africa region has been flourishing throughout the past several years. The region managed to increase the number of its athletes from 20,000 in 2001 up to 150,000 in 2013.

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Stories from Middle East-North Africa


April 15, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

# Reach up LA “Less than 100 days away & counting”

By Noha Gaballa

Celebrating respect, dignity and inclusion for People with intellectual disabilities.

In the circle of inclusion, All SO MENA Regional staff headed by the Regional President and Managing Director Ayman Abdel Wahab were included to support and celebrate the countdown for 2015 SO World Summer games .View Story In the circle of inclusion, All SO MENA Regional staff headed by the Regional President and Managing Director Ayman Abdel Wahab were included to support and celebrate the countdown for 2015 SO World Summer games that is only less than 100 days away, as it will take place in LA “from 25 July- 3 August 2015” with the participation of 177 countries with a total 7,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches along with 30,000 volunteers and around 500,000 spectators; which will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: SO MENA Staff
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April 09, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Ayman & Amir “A story of life challenges”

By Noha Gaballa

Ayman Celebrating his achievement

Ayman was born with a smile that captures attention; he used to listen to songs, and all the noise around him, without paying attention to others around.View Story Ayman was born with a smile that captures attention; he used to listen to songs, and all the noise around him, without paying attention to others around. Ayman’s mother went to a physician who assured her that he’s still young and there was no need to worry. Amir, the younger brother of Ayman, reached 6 months and had the same symptoms like Ayman but his condition was worse. This time their mother decided to wait to see if her doubts were true or only illusions. After a period of time, she was totally sure that her 2 sons had autism and she decided to be totally devoted to them. She engaged them in sport where they accomplished big progress. Ayman started to prepare for his first-ever competition in Swimming. She didn’t believe that Ayman would compete in such a big competition and he surprised her by winning the gold medal. Then he was selected to participate in 2014 8th Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Games in Cairo and got gold medals and raised the name of Egypt.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa staff
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March 29, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Mother's Celebration day under the slogan "Exceptional Mum for a great Champion"

By Noha Gaballa

Special Olympics athletes saying Happy Mother's Day

The MENA region witnessed a number of celebrations to honor Special Olympics athletes' mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up their children, defeating the impossible, enabling them to practice sports till they turned out to be real champions participating in our local, regional and world games in which they feel realized, gained confidence, courage and bravery.View Story On the occasion of Mother's Day that is annually observed on March 21, the MENA region witnessed a number of celebrations to honor Special Olympics athletes' mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up their children, defeating the impossible, enabling them to practice sports till they turned out to be real champions participating in our local, regional and world games in which they feel realized, gained confidence, courage and bravery. The ceremony included a show from Special Olympics athletes saying Thank you & Happy Mother’s day in their own special way in an atmosphere of exceptional emotions of joy, happiness and thankfulness. At the end of the day, unique gifts & appreciation certificates were handed over to the champions' mothers in recognition of their outstanding efforts in fulfilling many dreams and hopes.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: Special Olympics MENA Staff
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March 20, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Lebanon

Sarah "The Lebanese Water Girl" is getting ready for LA

By Noha Gaballa

Sarah celebrates another swimming victory.

“I’m going to win, grab the gold medal and achieve my goal,” said Sarah, a 24- year-old swimmer with Special Olympics Lebanon. She has been engaged in swimming since she was 6, and prefers swimming short sprints in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly.View Story “I’m going to win, grab the gold medal and achieve my goal,” said Sarah, a 24- year-old swimmer with Special Olympics Lebanon. She has been engaged in swimming since she was 6, and prefers swimming short sprints in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. Her love of the water is the reason why she has turned out to be a real champion. Moreover, she attended and passed advanced courses in swimming which were given by famous world champion swimmers in Europe. Sarah is a teachers assistant in the nursery; she trains young children and helps them in all their daily activities. Furthermore, she got a certificate in a hotel management course. Sara participated in many Special Olympics regional and world games that took place in Egypt, Syria, Greece and Chin,a and she returned back every time with gold medals. Her next stop is Los Angeles for the the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, starting July 25. She gathered all her medals, trophies cups and displayed it in one place and she said that she will try to find out a bigger place after she is back from LA with new medals.

About Noha Gaballa:I am a writer for Special Olympics in the Middle East-North Africa Region.
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March 20, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Lebanon

Usual Day for an Unusual Campaign

By Fouad Marrouch

On Monday 9th of March 2015, the Lebanese International University/LIU, Saida Branch, organized an unusual day with an unusual awareness campaign, the “r-word campaign”.View Story On Monday 9th of March 2015, the Lebanese International University/LIU, Saida Branch, organized an unusual day with an unusual awareness campaign, the “r-word campaign”. All the university body from managers, to doctors, to administrators, and of course students, signed the “r - word” banners that hung over the university walls and some signed online. All participants had a thought about words starting with the letter “r” that we should stop using. This activity created interaction among students. Through this campaign organizer were able to recruit new volunteers, as some registered immediately to join in. The campaign began at 8:00 am and ended at 3:30 pm. The number of signatures exceeded 300 both online and on the banner. All got a great impression about this activity and a lasting message to watch for our conversation and the word we use.

About Fouad Marrouch :Sport Direct @ Special Olympics Lebanon
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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May 3, 2015

Powerlifting and Tennis Head Coaches Seminar

During May 3-6 Special Olympics will be hosting a powerlifting and tennis head coaching seminar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This seminar will provide training athlete conditioning, sports skills development and sports rules.
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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA

May 11, 2015

Special Olympics Middle East/North-Africa Regional Triathlon

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for 3 days during our first ever Special Olympics Middle East/North-Africa Regional triathlon competition. This event will be held 11-13 May in Bahrain. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form.
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BAHRAIN

May 29, 2015

Families Forum and Young Athletes

Join us May 29-30 in the United Arab Emirates for the Special Olympics Middle East/North-Africa regional families forum and young athletes event. Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. Children ages 2 to 7 will enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Oct 26, 2015

Gymnastics, Volleyball and Speedball Head Coaches Seminar

During October 26-28 Special Olympics will be hosting a gymnastics, volleyball and speedball coaching seminar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This seminar will provide training athlete conditioning, sports skills development and sports rules.
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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA


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