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June 16, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Armenia

Special Olympics Armenia introduces Project Unify

By Artak Israelyan

Young players with and without intellectual disabilities enjoyed a lively kickabout in the schoolyard.

Special Olympics Armenia held its first Project Unify event in Vanadzor, Lori Region at the beginning of June 2014. The event was held in conjunction with the Special Olympics European Football Week. Forty football players between the ages of 12-15 took part in a competition representing two mainstream and 2 inclusive schools. Off the pitch, 10 new Special Olympics coaches joined 20 of youth players, 10 teachers and parents in discussions on the benefits of Unified Sports and Project Unify. The Ministry of Sports and Youth and A Very Special Christmas grant supported the event.

About Artak Israelyan: Artak Israelyan is National Director of Special Olympics Armenia.

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