April 03, 2013 |

Special Olympics joins in UNICEF celebration game

By Suzanne Coogan

Footballer Edin Džeko, Florence Bauer, Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Special Olympics athlete Amer Hrustić are joined by fans to cut the birthday cake bearing the logos of UNICEF, the Bosnian Football Federation and Special Olympics.Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina

Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina joined UNICEF and the Bosnian Football Federation to celebrate the birthday of Edin Džeko, national team striker and UNICEF Ambassador, with a game prior to the Bosnia Herzegovina World Cup qualifier against Greece on 18 March 2013. The celebratory game highlighted the sports abilities of children with disabilities and drew attention to their needs. "Working with children is very fulfilling and I want to use this game to show just how important sports events and physical activities are for them. We hope that our message will contribute to making sports available to every child,” said Džeko. The Sarajevo native, who is one of the most popular football players in the country added: “What makes me particularly happy is having children with disabilities in the team. Sport is a necessary part of their therapy and growing up. However, many of them have no such opportunity. I want us all to talk about their abilities not their disabilities."

About Suzanne Coogan: Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness
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