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December 20, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Thailand

Special Olympics, UNICEF Team Up in Thailand

By David Evangelista

Building inclusive communities is a critical part of empowering marginalized populations, and sports continue to play a strong role in achieving this inclusion. With support from UNICEF, Special Olympics Thailand implemented a sports plan that provided training and competition for 1,248 athletes. In support of the Millennium Development Goals in recognizing gender equality, 425 female athletes were recruited. The project, which concluded in September, included sporting events, Motor Skill Development workshops, aerobic dance and more. “We are honored to partner with UNICEF. Together, we are able to provide opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to take part in their communities through sport, leadership development, family support and much more. What is also very gratifying is watching how the community responds. Together, we are indeed helping to build inclusive communities - one at a time,” said Rachaniwan Bulakul, National Director of Special Olympics Thailand.

About David Evangelista: I serve as the Vice President for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.

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