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Special Olympics works closely with its five accredited programs in East Asia to offer summer and winter sports for more than 1.18 million athletes with intellectual disabilities in the region. The 12th Special Olympics World Summer Games was successfully held in Shanghai, China in 2007. The 10th World Winter Games had been held in PyeongChang, Korea from Jan. 30 to Feb. 06, 2013.

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May 15, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

The Flame of Hope is Ignited in Athens

By Christy White

On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.View Story On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Flame of Hope begins its trans-Atlantic journey via UPS Airlines, which will transport the flame to Washington, D.C. in time for the start of the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, which will kick off on 26 May. At the conclusion of the Unified Relay, the Flame of Hope will be handed over to the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Final Leg Team where they will travel for 13 days to more than 120 cities and towns throughout California, honoring the spirit of the Special Olympics global movement and delivering a message of hope to communities where people with intellectual disabilities continue to fight for acceptance and inclusion. To read more about the lighting ceremony, click below.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2015 | East Asia: Mongolia

Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Organize Mongolia’s First Special Olympics Competition

By Annemarie Hill

Peace Corps volunteer James Busacca of Valley Center, California, recently helped organize Mongolia’s inaugural Special Olympics National Competition for more than 150 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.View Story Peace Corps volunteer James Busacca of Valley Center, California, recently helped organize Mongolia’s inaugural Special Olympics National Competition for more than 150 children and adults with intellectual disabilities—14 of whom will represent Mongolia at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. The competition was coordinated between Special Olympics Mongolia and four local special needs schools to give the athletes an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities while increasing awareness. “There is a lack of public dialogue around intellectual disabilities in Mongolia, which can lead to stigmas and misconceptions,” said Busacca. “The competition allowed the athletes to compete and have fun but was also an educational opportunity for the general public.” Special Olympics Mongolia was established in 2013 and the National Competition was the first opportunity for Mongolians to compete in an official Special Olympics event as an accredited program.

About Annemarie Hill:I am the Director for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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April 27, 2015 | East Asia: China

My Point of View on the R-word

By Anonymous

Although the r word is primarily a slur against intellectually disabled people and other disabled people next, my POV is as a developmentally disabled person. I am 15, and my classmates think that they entitled to use slurs that have been historically tied to people like me.View Story Although the r word is primarily a slur against intellectually disabled people and other disabled people next, my POV is as a developmentally disabled person. I am 15, and my classmates think that they entitled to use slurs that have been historically tied to the murder, institutionalisation, physical/mental/emotional/medical/etc. abuse, refusal of autonomy of people like me. I've tried to make aware many times about how the word is harmful but no one yet is willing to amplify the disabled community's reasonable anger at people for using this slur. I hope to continue trying to bring awareness to how it is harmful.

About Anonymous:I'm in high school and was informally diagnosed by my psychologist as autistic when 13.
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March 19, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

World Winter Games 2017 Mascot Unveiled

By Suzanne Coogan

Lara and Luis - the winning design by Hanna Riebenbauer and Alexander Menzel, design students at the University of Applied Sciences in Styria.

The official Mascot for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 has been unveiled at a ceremony at Graz City Hall by Mayor of Graz Mr. Siegfried Nagl.View Story The official Mascot for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 has been unveiled at a ceremony at Graz City Hall by Mayor of Graz Mr. Siegfried Nagl. Designers from 10 countries submitted a total of 51 designs and a jury of 9 people including two Special Olympics athletes as well as a public vote selected the winning design. The winning Mascot-Lara and Luis-depicts two of Austria’s most celebrated animals, a deer and a badger, and is inspired by the Games slogan Heartbeat for the World. The two winning designers 23 yrs old Hanna Riebenbauer and Alexander Menzel, 26, are students of the University of Applied Sciences in Styria. Their design took two months to complete. “We wanted to take two animals that are dear to Austrian hearts and combine this with the meaning and spirit of Special Olympics. We hope that the World will take Special Olympics athletes to their hearts as well as Lara and Luis and celebrate the spirit and meaning of Special Olympics. We're really thrilled."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager of Media and Public Awareness with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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January 15, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Avril Lavigne Song to Support Special Olympics

By Christy White

Avril Lavigne, center, has announced that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics.

Avril Lavigne has announced that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics. The song will be released in advance of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles this summer.View Story Avril Lavigne has announced that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics. The song will be released in advance of the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will take place July 25-August 2, 2015. In September 2014, as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s support for Special Olympics, Lavigne launched a campaign for her 30th birthday, which raised funds to support 30 Special Olympics Athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The athletes supported by the campaign will come from five different countries and will be announced in February. During her 2014 World Tour, Lavigne visited a local Special Olympics program in Shanghai to learn more about their programs, and met with and invited more than 200 Special Olympics athletes to her shows in 14 countries.

About Christy White:I am the Director, Global Media and Public Relations, for Special Olympics.
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