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Africa Football Match Raises Awareness for Special Olympics Health

Athletes played unified to raise awareness for universal access to life-saving vaccinations.
Thousands of cheering fans witnessed Special Olympics athletes playing a prominent role in the Afrivac Foundation’s inaugural historic Gala Football Match in Senegal in December 2016. The match was held to help raise the importance of universal access to vaccinations, a cause closely linked to Healthy Communities as Special Olympics strives to make all health initiatives, including disease prevention measures, inclusive of individuals with intellectual disabilities. In a display of inclusive sport, two Special Olympics Unified football teams each comprising equal numbers of youth with and without intellectual disabilities played together in a highly competitive match. Special Olympics Partner Lions Club International also lent support, as members served as ball boys and cheered on the athletes.

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