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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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July 25, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

One Year To Go For 2015 World Summer Games

By Christy White

When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination.View Story When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination. The Games in Los Angeles, California, "will change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. The Games also are a chance for spectators and volunteers to have their preconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities changed forever. Getting involved with the Games by cheering from the stands or handing out cups of water to thirsty athletes is a sure way to change your view of people of all kinds. Special Olympics World Games -- and all of the 80,000 Special Olympics competitions that occur every year--invite the public to see the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. It's a way to open eyes, to change attitudes and to break down barriers that have excluded people with ID from the mainstream of community. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.'Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.

About Christy White:I am the director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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July 17, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Special Olympics Boosts US-China Diplomacy

By Lynn Aylward

Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is going to be launched in China as part of public diplomacy efforts between the US and China. Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities.View Story Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is going to be launched in China as part of public diplomacy efforts between the US and China. Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an education and sports-based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities. A US Department of State official made the announcement on 10 July at the US− China High Level Consultation on People to People Exchange (CPE)in Beijing. In attendance were US Secretary of State John Kerry, Special Olympics East Asia Regional President and Managing Director Mary Gu and Special Olympics Hong Kong athlete Sam Tam. US First Lady Michelle Obama sent a letter of greeting to those attending the CPE that singled out Special Olympics, as well as the US Olympic Committee and the US Paralympic Committee, for continuing “to forge relationships with their Chinese counterparts to promote access to every level of sport for all people.

About Lynn Aylward:I work in global health and development communications for Special Olympics.
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April 30, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

ESPN Will Broadcast the 2015 World Games in LA

By Christy White

ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, giving ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The partnership between ESPN and the 2015 World Games means that ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide will have the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.ESPN has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same playing field. For almost a year, ESPN has used its worldwide broadcasting and publishing power to promote Unified Sports. The agreement to broadcast the 2015 World Games is separate and additional.The agreement provides ESPN with rights to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, daily competition, Closing Ceremony and other cultural activities. ESPN will produce the Opening Ceremony live as well as a nightly highlights program and KABC-TV will also play a role in the coverage for the Los Angeles market. ESPN will feature both English- and Spanish-language coverage of some parts of LA2015. Specific programming and coverage details will be announced in the months ahead.

About Christy White:I am the Director, Global Media and Public Relations, for Special Olympics
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January 30, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

A Memorable Experience Working At Special Olympics Head Office, Washington, D.C.

By Huiseon Son

Picture of me and Special Olympics athletes during the 2013 Fall Sports Classic in Washington, D.C.

I was an intern with Special Olympics International (SOI) for 6 months working in Human Resources (HR) Department. It was the best time I have had in my life.View Story I was an intern with Special Olympics Inc. (SOI) for 6 months working in Human Resources (HR) Department. It was one of the best times I have had in my life. The most valuable aspect of my internship was to get to know professional people who are working there to make a better world. Every employee sincerely tries to help people with intellectual disabilities. Their efforts inspire me to think deeply about disabled people. Even if I will not work in this field in the future, I want to help them in many ways. I have attached a picture taken when I volunteered for 2013 Fall Sports Classic competition in Washington, D.C. This was the first time I was able to get involved in a Special Olympics event. It was amazing to help the athletes and meet many great volunteers. I was able to learn how a regional game operates. I heartily appreciate the HR team for giving me a once-in-a-life-time chance to work there. After I return to Korea, I will try to help spread the word about Special Olympics.

About Huiseon Son :I was Special Olympics intern for 6 months - August 2013 to January 2014.
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December 06, 2013 | East Asia: Mongolia

Team Mongolia's Special Olympics experience

By Karyn Tan

Team Mongolia's Elberelt Bayarmagnai (left)and Ninjbadam Ulaan

Special Olympics Mongolia was founded in 2013, the latest addition to the Special Olympics family. The Program has sent two athletes for swimming at the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games.View Story Special Olympics Mongolia was founded in 2013, the latest addition to the Special Olympics family. The Program has sent two athletes for swimming at the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. 16 year old Elberelt Bayarmagnai and 15 year old Ninjbadam Ulaan are classmates in their school, and both athletes’ family are here, enjoying their first experience with Special Olympics. I first met the group at Healthy Athletes, where Elberelt’s dad Mayagmarsuren felt it is very important for every athlete to have good health, and is interested to set up a similar structure to what he saw today. As for what he wishes to accomplish at this Games, the reason is clear for Mayagmarsuren: “As a father, I am really happy to be here with my son, actually smiling, having conversations from the heart. I want my son to feel like others. That’s very important for him, that’s why we are here.”

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for Asia Pacific Region
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