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Handball

This page draws together handball-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics handball.  View the Handball Fact Sheet

Handball is a physical and fast sport of intense physical contact, with shots being thrown at speeds approaching 100 km per hour. It is played indoors on a 40m x 20m court with seven players (one goalkeeper + six court), which speeds up the game even more. The object is to score more goals than the opponents by throwing the ball into a D-shaped net. Handball athletes are known for their speed, agility, physical strength and stamina.


Handball News and Stories


May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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November 15, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

Hands up for Handball in Europe

By Mariusz Damentko

The first ever handball seminar in the history of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia was made possible by the support of the European Union.

A campaign is underway to make handball as popular in Special Olympics programmes across Europe Eurasia as it is in mainstream sport.View Story A campaign is underway to make handball as popular in Special Olympics programmes across Europe Eurasia as it is in mainstream sport and to ensure that more teams from the region will compete in handball at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. It began with the first ever European handball seminar which took place in Amsterdam from November 8 - 10 and brought 20 coaches together from 11 European countries to learn more about the rules and technicalities of the game as well as general Special Olympics sports rules. The countries represented at the seminar were Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. Each of these coaches are now tasked to coach athletes as well as train new coaches in handball in their home countries. The highlight of the seminar was a practice session with 14 athletes from Special Olympics Netherlands followed by a Unified Handball match.

About Mariusz Damentko:I am Sports Director at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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November 16, 2012 | Europe Eurasia: Hungary

I appeared on TV

By Orsolya Karpati

I am Andrea, a 17 years old football player from Special Olympics Hungary and appeared on TV because of my sports achievements and scholastic records.View Story This is a story about one of our Special Olympics athletes in Hungary: "I am Andrea, a 17 years old football player from Special Olympics Hungary and appeared on TV because of my sports achievements and scholastic records. I got to my special school “Balla Robert” in Papa city in 2009. At that time I was a bit overweight but loved to do sports. After a few years regular training I lost weight and became strong and fit. Though I do athletics, hand ball and table tennis, my favorite sport is football. At first I was playing football with boys. Now my special sports club has girl football teams, moreover there are girls and boys unified football teams. I play as a forward in my unified team. The first international event I attended was the SO European Games in Warsaw in 2010. It is an amazing monument in my life and hope this was just the start. The local TV company asked me to give them an interview at the end of this October. They heard about my success in football, also that I got an award from my school as “ The best sportswoman and pupil of the Year”. I was very proud of showing my school, my sports club and my achievements. Now I am preparing for the national unified football tournament will be held in the middle of December. I want my team to win. That would be a nice Xmas gift for all of us."

About Orsolya Karpati:National Director of Special Olympics Hungary
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Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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