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With over 1.1 million athletes in 27 countries, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area of the world in terms of athletes and competitions.

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Stories from Asia Pacific


June 25, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Athlete Leadership: A mission of skill, courage, acceptance and joy

By Daulat Asif Visram

Adil Asif Visram was unable to cope in school. In 1990, he joined a special school and learnt to play different sports. His health improved, he became confident and made many friends.View Story Adil Asif Visram was unable to cope in school. In 1990, he joined a special school and learnt to play different sports. His health improved, he became confident and made many friends. Due to his hard work in 2002, he was selected through the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership program as an Assistant Coach. He says, “The first time I got a salary I was so excited that overnight I grew up from a boy to man.” He was trained to speak and to create awareness at events, schools, media etc. His dedication led to being selected by Special Olympics International as 1 of the 12 international global ambassadors. At the 2007 World Games in China, he gave a welcome speech at the opening ceremony in front of an audience of 70000 people. Adil said, “I was told later by friends and family that all those who saw me on TV cried with pride and joy and praised Special Olympics for organizing such a huge event. I think China and Special Olympics gave hope and joy to the participants and millions of people around the world."

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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 11, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Sri Lanka

Serendib Athletes Welcomed by U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

By Ms Dulani Vitharana

Meet Sri Lankan Special Olympians! Members of the U.S. Embassy had the pleasure of wishing these talented athletes great success at the Special Olympics Games in Los Angeles this upcoming July. The competitors will participate in badminton and track and field events. Good luck and have fun!View Story Meet Sri Lankan Special Olympians! Members of the U.S. Embassy had the pleasure of wishing these talented athletes great success at the Special Olympics Games in Los Angeles this upcoming July. The competitors will participate in badminton and track and field events. Good luck and have fun!

About Ms Dulani Vitharana:I am joining with our Special Olympics Serendib Delegation to participate as the staff with the World Game LA 2015 and this is a mammoth opportunity to care our special children who are very talented.
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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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Today, the Templeton Foundation gave its most prestigious award to my hero, Jean Vanier.  For Linda and our children and me, he has also been our retreat leader, our teacher of humility, our guide. 

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