'We are a happy family'

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Fatma Ulku Koseoglu, her daughter Kubra and son Ahmet,who plays on an inclusive sports team in Kayseri, Turkey.
The inclusive inclusive sports project in Turkey funded by the King Baudouin Foundation is getting a thumbs up from parents who see their children flourish on Unified Recreation football teams. Six hundred children, between 8 and 12, are playing on Unified teams during the 18-month project that is also supported by the Turkish Football Association. Families reported that their children with intellectual disabilities were happier and had an activity that they looked forward to participating in every week. For example, Fatma Ulku Koseoglu, from Kayseri, whose son Ahmet, age 12, is an athlete, said: “Ahmet preferred staying at home and watching TV. He did not want to go to school or play with other children. Once he joined the Unified team, it changed his life. Now, he enjoys being part of the team, attending training, making friends and being active. We are a happy family because of this project.” Ahmet’s sister, Kubra, age 6, likes to come with her mother to watch her brother play.

About Me:

Serkan Ovatman is the sports director assistant, Special Olympics Turkey, and national coordinator of the inclusive sports project funded by the King Baudouin Foundation and supported by the Turkish Football Association.