Asia Pacific

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


October 09, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

My experience as an Athlete Leader

By Jasmine Sharif Athlete Boardmember Pakistan

Me giving an PowerPoint presentation

I really enjoy being in the Athlete Leadership program. It gives me more confidence, I have made friends and I am able to speak more than before.View Story Hi my name is Jasmine Sharif. I have been involved in Special Olympics for 8 years as an athlete. In 2007, I became part of Athlete Leadership Program . In 2011 I went to Singapore for the athlete leadership conferences. In 2014 went to Malaysia for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Input Council conferences and I was chosen as its co-chair person along with Ben Haack We had Health Ambassadors I really enjoy being in the Athlete Leadership program. It gives me more confidence, I have made friends and I am able to speak more than before. On the EKS Day, I also gave a PowerPoint presentation of Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver's life and the history of Special Olympics. Thank you Special Olympics

About Jasmine Sharif Athlete Boardmember Pakistan:My name is Jasmine Sharif I am an athlete Board member and serve on the input council for Special Olympics in Asia Pacific.
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October 09, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Singapore

NBA 3X Raises S$5,000 for Special Olympics Singapore

By Karyn Tan

Horace Grant (left) assisting one of NBA Cares athlete during the NBA Cares clinic for athletes from Special Olympics Singapore, Singapore Disability Sports Council and Grace Orchard School at Stadium Roar on 27 September afternoon. (Photo Credit: NBA 3X)

A total amount of SGD$5,000 was raised in support of Special Olympics Singapore during NBA 3X Singapore, the 3-day basketball fiesta held from 26-28 September 2014.View Story A total amount of SGD$5,000 was raised in support of Special Olympics Singapore during NBA 3X Singapore, the 3-day basketball fiesta held from 26-28 September 2014. Back for its second edition after a successful debut last year, the NBA 3X Singapore ended on a high with the winning teams of the 3x3 competition taking part in the adidas’ Shoot-For-Charity Challenge to raise funds for charity. An amount of more than $400 was raised at the challenge and the NBA contributed additional funds to bring the final donation amount to S$5,000. NBA Legend Horace Grant, who was also in town for the event, conducted a special clinic for the athletes of Special Olympics Singapore, Grace Orchard School and Singapore Disability Sports School as part of the League’s NBA Cares’ program.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager, Asia Pacific region
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October 02, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Cambodia

USAID And Special Olympics Reaching Rural Cambodia Through Sporting Opportunities

By Simon Koh

Mr. Sean Callahan, Deputy Mission Director of USAID Cambodia (2nd from left), and H.E. Meas Sarin (3rd from left), Vice-Chair of Special Olympics Cambodia and Committee Adviser to the Ministry of Education at the Press Announcement on 29 September 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Special Olympics launched a new program that will use sports to help hundreds of Cambodians with disabilities become more active members of their communities.View Story The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Special Olympics launched a new program that will use sports to help hundreds of Cambodians with disabilities become more active members of their communities. The ‘Rural Expansion of Sports’ project will reach four Cambodian provinces (Takeo, Battambang, Svey Reing and Kampong Thom). In using sports as a path for greater social inclusion, the project intends to recruit over 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities for Special Olympics Cambodia, over 100 new coaches and approximately 250 new family members. This 18-month project will provide specialized training for Cambodians with intellectual disabilities, who will join Special Olympics Cambodia as Special Olympics athletes. Mr. Sean Callahan, Deputy Mission Director of USAID Cambodia, and Dr. Meas Sarin, Vice-Chair of the Special Olympics Cambodia and Adviser to the Ministry of Education were present at the Press Announcement on 29 September.

About Simon Koh:I am Operations Director for Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
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October 01, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Prayers needed for our Special Rock Star LAD

By Tehmina Azim

I had published a very inspiring story about our" Special Lad Turned into a Rock Star", Mr.Abbas on 22nd August 2013 on this page.View Story I had published a very inspiring story about our" Special Lad Turned into a Rock Star", Mr.Abbas on 22nd August 2013 on this page.Our Lad is full of fun loving nature, loves to sing and dance and everyone loves him too.He gained confidence when he came into Special Olympics and treats everyone like his own family.Abbas love being in Special Olympics and with Special athletes. Unfortunately our Special lad has been diagnosed with severe illness for last two months.He will undergo surgery in the upcoming days.He recently attended our EKS and FHF events on 18th September 2014 and 20th September 2014 .It is humbly requested to ALL to please pray for hard for him.He badly needs our prayers.With Love for ABBAS"We were starting to think that you were invincible.Its good to know that you are human after all.We all are looking forward to you getting back to your invincible self.Get well soon,SUPER STAR".We at Special Olympics are praying hard for you! Soon you will be with US!

About Tehmina Azim:I am the Global Family Leader representing Asia Pacific and also National Coordinator of FSN at Special Olympics Pakistan.I have a down syndrome boy Mr.Asim Zar who is working as a helper in DANPAK factory.
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September 15, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Respect for All!!

By lubna nawaz

I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities.View Story Hi,my name is Lubna and mother of two boys with autism. Both are Special Olympics Pakistan athletes. My younger son Hashim is non-verbal and very hyper, especially going in market places and family events. I have noticed that people stared at us. They look at him as if someone alien has invaded. First, this used to embarrass me a lot, and every time I used to promise myself I will not take my son along with me, but being his mother, I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities. I have come to a firm belief that as he doesn't judge anyone, so no one else has the right to judge him. Now I take him out with pride and make sure that he enjoys his life!!

About lubna nawaz:Hello,I'm Lubna Nawaz ,mother of two boys name Haseeb and Hashim both are autistic and are Special Olympics Pakistan athletes. I am also part of the family support network of Special Olympics Pakistan.
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Nov 1 - 6 2014

South East Asia Unified Football Tournament

Join us 1-6 November 2014 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam as athletes and Unified partners from around the Asia Pacific region compete six days of exiting 5-a-side Unified football competition. Teams that will be participating in the tournament hail from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and host Brunei Darussalam.
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Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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