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June 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Albania

Youths help Special Olympics Albania organize first Unified event during Football Week

By Eva Zace

One of the female youth Unified partners talks strategy with some of her teammates.

The 2014 Special Olympics Albania Football Week was part of the first Unified Sports event that was organized in Albania in mid-May. Special Olympics Albania trained 90 Unified players in Football, Athletics and Table Tennis. Around 100 youths and 50 volunteers including the Peace Corps, teachers, and families took part. Six Unified teams were composed of youths from local special school “Luigj Gurakuqi” and the special center “Help Life” (“Ndihmoni Jete”) while 45 partners represented two local mainstream schools. It started with a joyful opening ceremony with music and a dancing program prepared by the Unified players. Youths took part in organizing other aspects of the event, creating a joyful atmosphere. The event was broadcast locally and was reported in the daily sports newspaper. Local competitions also were organized in special schools and special centers in Elbasani, Pogradeci and Korca with about 200 participants. A coach seminar was organized in Tirana for 15 participants.

About Eva Zace: Eva Zace is National Administrator of Special Olympics Albania.

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