By Special Olympics Europe Eurasia ● Jul 11, 2024
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— Welcome to the latest edition of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia’s (SOEE) newsletter!In this issue, we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin with a powerful series of videos about athletes from across our regionThe celebrations continue as we mark World Refugee Day with the moving stories of Ali and Sasha – we explore how Special Olympics has changed their lives in Spain and Slovakia respectively.There is a special contribution from SOEE President, David Evangelista, on the one-year anniversary of the Global Coalition for Inclusion. We are also delighted to feature a piece by our guest writer, Nicolo Sgreva of UPS EMEAI, which looks back on the magic of Special Olympics Belgium’s National Games and the special contribution of ‘UPSers’. For all that and much more, please read on!
One Year On: Athletes Reflect on Powerful Legacy of World Games Berlin 2023Photos: Special Olympics Programmes/Restless Productions/World Games Berlin 2023The Berlin Games, which took place from 17 to 25 June, 2023, was the world’s largest inclusive sports event with over 6,500 Special Olympics athletes from 178 delegations coming together to compete in the German capital. One year later, seven athletes and Partners from across Europe are reflecting on their experiences through a video series comprising five compelling episodes.Visit our YouTube channel to discover the journeys of:Anita from Italy;Bradley from Great Britain;Tamara from Germany;Sarah and Trudy from Ireland; andAndrea and Cinta from Spain.Watch Athlete Stories
World Refugee Day: Special Olympics Celebrates the Stories of Ali & SashaPhotos: Ahmad AlbakriSpecial Olympics Europe Eurasia celebrated World Refugee Day 2024 by exploring the inspiring stories of Ali from Afghanistan and Sasha from Ukraine. Their journeys as refugees have led them to find a new home within the Special Olympics communities in Spain and Slovakia. Watch them flourish in this feature video.Meet Ali & Sasha
A Growing Coalition: A Growing LegacyPhoto: Ralf Kuckuck/Special Olympics Europe EurasiaLaunched at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, the Global Coalition for Inclusion is also celebrating its first anniversary. In just 12 months, almost 20 governments from across the globe have made an official pledge to expand inclusive sports and educational opportunities for young people with and without intellectual disabilities.In this special feature, President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, David Evangelista, reflects on the formidable legacy already established by the Coalition and the exciting pathway forward.Explore Global Coalition
Partner Highlight: UPS & Special Olympics Share Pure Joy at National Games in BelgiumPhoto: UPSThe Special Olympics National Games 2024 in Belgium were supported by a team of enthusiastic UPS employees, known as ‘UPSers’. In this article, our guest writer, Nicolo Sgreva, UPS EMEAI Community Relations Director, joyfully reflects on the magic of the event and the powerful partnership which has evolved between Special Olympics and UPS across our region.UPS and Special Olympics
Programme Spotlight: Special Olympics Germany Athletes on Pioneering Volunteer Programme at EURO 2024Photo: Steffi RücknerAs UEFA EURO 2024 moves towards its thrilling climax this Sunday, we talk to just some of the athletes and coaches across Germany who are volunteering at the tournament. Emilio, Menja and Steffi from Hamburg and Arthur and Michael from Hessen are among the participants involved in the event’s groundbreaking volunteering programme which was inspired by the inclusivity of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. Yet another incredible legacy of those memorable Games!Athletes at EURO 2024
Athlete Focus: Olivier, Lache & Marcel Reflect on Fantastic FIBA OpenPhoto: Christopher Andres at FIBA Open 2024Eleven Special Olympics teams were among the more than 1,000 basketball players at the recent FIBA Open in Mies, the largest 3×3 basketball tournament in Switzerland. In this article, Olivier of Special Olympics Switzerland, Lachezar “Lache” of Special Olympics Bulgaria, Marcel of Special Olympics Germany and coach Tian Lin of Special Olympics China tell us why this tournament is so special to them.Athletes at FIBA Open
Trending on Social: Special Olympics Malta Athlete Gilmour Borg Elected as Councillor in 2024 Local Council ElectionsRead More on Instagram
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