May 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Romania

Romanian Games Bring the Power of Sport to Rural Children

By Roxana Ossian

Special Olympics Romania athlete and a volunteer keep their eye on the ball.

Nine children with intellectual disabilities from rural areas in Romania took part in their first Special Olympics games in April. It was their introduction to Special Olympics, where the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their communities are improved through the power of sport. The children’s parents and caregivers realized the importance of socializing and involving their children in different therapies and programs, and UNICEF representatives in Romania had encouraged the children’s parents to take part in Special Olympics activities. Special Olympics Romania held the Regional Games in Piatra-Neamt (Neamt County, Moldovia Region) on 28-29 April 2014. The Games involved 150 Special Olympics athletes from six counties who competed in gymnastics, badminton and bocce. The athletes represented NGOs, special schools and placement centers. In addition, participants took part in a Health Promotion event which included having their blood sugar levels checked.

About Roxana Ossian : Roxana Ossian heads the Young Athletes, Families and ALPs initiatives at Special Olympics Romania.
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