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Latin America Stories

Read these stories about the people of Special Olympics in Latin America.

June 18, 2012

Social Special Olympics Ecuador received a significant recognition than exemplifies the prolific and constant work of the national program2012 06 18On June 7, in the venues of ¨La Caixa Forum Madrid” located in Madrid, Spain, Special Olympics Ecuador received a significant

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April 17, 2012

The Opening Ceremony of the Central American Games kicked of with a spectacular artistic performance.

The second Special Olympics Central American and Caribbean Games are dedicated to the spirit of sports, effort and courage of the athletes. They show us the passion of sports.

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December 14, 2011

Unified Sports, A Lifetime Experience

Carlos Alberto Quintero Russo of Venezuel took part in the recent Copa America in Paraguay. That competition featured "Unified" teams of people with and without intellectual disabilites competing on the football field. Russa was appointed the best player of the tournament, and he offered these comments about his experience.

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December 02, 2011

First Special Olympics Copa America

The first Special Olympics Copa America featured more than 200 Special Olympics footballers with intellectual disabilities from 12 countries throughout Latin America.

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November 12, 2011

SO Panama Will Host 2012 Central American and Caribbean Games

Metro Panama Unified Basketball Team began training right after the 2011 World Summer Games. They have been selected to represent Panama at the 2012 Central American and Caribbean Games, which will take place on the 13th – 21st of April in Panama City.

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November 08, 2011

Special Olympics Global Football Ambassador Enrique Borja Garcia was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame

Enrique Borja Garcia joins a world-class family of soccer legends in receiving this honor: “Pele”, Diego Armando Maradona, Franz Beckenbauer, Alfredo di Stefano, Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane, Ferenk Puskas, Gerd Mûller, Bobby Charlton, Hugo Sánchez, Antonio Carbajal, Ignacio Trelles, Carlos Reinoso, Luis "Pirata" Fuente, Raul Cárdenas and Salvador Reyes.

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July 01, 2011

Anca's Winning Shot

Anca Chirita’s journey to the Special Olympics World Games was a long one. The 20-year-old Romanian bocce player was abandoned to an institution at the age of three, and was shifted among various institutions every couple of years after that.

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June 30, 2011

Love for Football Ties Us All Together!

Brazilians legends Romario and Zico, two of the World's most loved football heroes, are the latest to be tied together with the Special Olympics movement and millions of athletes around the world.

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May 12, 2011

Coming into Focus

Special Olympics has helped Emilda Soriano gain focus, build strength and develop confidence. Now, Emilda is applying these valuable skills in her daily life.

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July 01, 2010

Screenings Benefit all Athletes, not Just Those with Severe Health Concerns

Stories from Healthy Athletes often focus on the athletes with the most dramatic health issues, but for thousands of athletes every year, Healthy Athletes is about making healthier choices and addressing non-critical, but chronic and important, health concerns. Jacob Suarez from Texas is one such athlete.

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March 18, 2010

The Heros of Juarez

Last month, the island of Puerto Rico hosted an historic event for the Special Olympics movement – the 2010 Special Olympics Latin America Regional Games. Uniting more than 1,000 athletes from 33 nations through Latin America and the Caribbean, these Games marketed the beginning of a legacy for the region.

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