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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 18, 2015 | Asia Pacific: American Samoa

American Samoa House of Legislature Honors Special Olympic Athletes

By Monica Miller

Our medal winning team to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles has received a commendation from the Legislature. Both the House and Senate have unanimously approved a House Concurrent Resolution that congratulates the team and everyone involved in their recent participation at the World Games.View Story Our medal winning team to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles has received a commendation from the Legislature. Both the House and Senate have unanimously approved a House Concurrent Resolution that congratulates the team and everyone involved in their recent participation at the World Games. The resolution says, "On behalf of the people of American Samoa, the entire Legislature extends a big thank you and congratulations to the Special Olympic Committee American Samoa, the athletes, coaches, doctors, the head and assistant head of delegation and the travel coordinator for a job well done and for representing American Samoa with class and dignity." It says although American Samoa’s team was one of the smallest, they left a lasting impression.

About Monica Miller:News reporter for the local radio station 93KHJ
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August 14, 2015 | Asia Pacific: American Samoa

Special Olympics Soccer Team Returns with Vast Experience

By Brian Vitolio

The Football Federation of American Samoa's website has a story that starts this way: "I really enjoyed our soccer team and the Special Olympics games in LA,” exclaimed Hanipale Tovale, a member of the Special Olympics American Samoa unified soccer squad.View Story The Football Federation of American Samoa's website has a story that starts this way: "I really enjoyed our soccer team and the Special Olympics games in LA,” exclaimed Hanipale Tovale, a member of the Special Olympics American Samoa unified soccer squad. Special Olympics American Samoa's unified soccer team receiving their 4th place medals at UCLA on August 1, 2015. “We had a lot of fun and I want to go again,” he said with a big smile. The unified soccer squad competed in a four-team competition at the Special Olympics World Games: Los Angeles 2015. The other three teams that competed against American Samoa were eventual gold medal winners Indonesia, Malaysia and bronze winners Philippines.

About Brian Vitolio:Pls see attached link from the Football Federation of American Samoa's website.
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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 01, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Afghanistan

Team Afghanistan

By Prince Abdul Ali Seraj

In May of 2003, I met Eunice Shriver at the Special Olympics Office in Washington DC. She was an elegant lady and I was deeply impressed with her love and affection for those who were forgotten by many.View Story In May of 2003, I met Eunice Shriver at the Special Olympics Office in Washington DC. She was an elegant lady and I was deeply impressed with her love and affection for those who were forgotten by many. . She accepted my request to include Afghanistan in the 2003 World Games in Dublin Ireland. Within one month, with the assistance of an adviser from Special Olympics, 5 children were selected and were trained by coach Karimi. At the Dublin opening Ceremony, I had the honor be accompanied by Mr. Tim Shriver and his beautiful family to march with our team. It was the first time that Afghanistan was presented to the world community after 30 years of war Eunice Shriver's work in setting up and promoting the Special Olympics organization is an international success story which will pass on from generations to generations in hundreds of countries around the world. Thank you Eunice Shriver and Tim Shriver for including our children in your family of thousands.

About Prince Abdul Ali Seraj:With the help of Eunice Shriver I established the Afghan team in 2003
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