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Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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April 21, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Denmark

Shuttle Time in Copenhagen

By Suzanne Coogan

Seminar participants

Sixteen badminton head coaches from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Isle of Man, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Latvia, Russia and the Netherlands attended the inaugural European Badminton Seminar in Broendby, Denmark.View Story Sixteen badminton head coaches from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Isle of Man, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Latvia, Russia and the Netherlands attended the inaugural European Badminton Seminar in Broendby, Denmark 10-13 April. The Seminar follows the recent important signing of an Agreement between Special Olympics Europe Eurasia and Badminton Europe Confederation (BEC). Thanks to the great support of Ian Wright, Badminton World Federation Development Director, the best available coaching education materials were supplied. Called “Shuttle Time” top BWF trainer, Joanne Hughes from Great Britain delivered the training. Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen, BWF President, IOC Member and 1996 Olympic Badminton gold medallist attended the Seminar along with Brian Agerbek, Secretary General of BEC. The Danish Badminton Federation and Special Olympics Denmark provided the necessary sports equipment so sincere thanks to Soeren Jul Kristansen from Special Olympics Denmark and Nete Andersen from the Danish Badminton Federation.

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April 16, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Top Tennis Stars come together for Special Olympics athletes in Monaco

By Suzanne Coogan

Number 1 in the world Novak Djokovic

A US Open winner and number 10 player in the world, Marin Cilic, brought some of his close tennis friends together for a fundraising event in Monaco to support Special Olympics.View Story A US Open winner and number 10 player in the world, Marin Cilic, brought some of his close tennis friends together for a fundraising event in Monaco to support Special Olympics. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov were among the stars of the tennis world that took part in the exhibition match with athletes from Special Olympics Monaco. The match took place during the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters April 11-19, 2015 at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in front of a delighted audience in a packed centre court. Tennis stars Andreas Seppi, Milos Raonic, Thomas Johansson and Ivan Ljubicic also took part in what was an amazing fundraising event for Special Olympics Monaco. See images from the event. 

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April 13, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

GET VOTING: Special Olympics nominated for prestigious WEBBY Award

By Suzanne Coogan

A Great Performance Deserves a Great Audience

The public awareness media campaign for the Special Olympics European Summer Games 2014 fronted by Belgian football star Kevin De Bruyne has been nominated for a WEBBY award– the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The WebbyView Story The public awareness media campaign for the Special Olympics European Summer Games 2014 fronted by Belgian football star Kevin De Bruyne has been nominated for a WEBBY award– the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys are managed by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) with a 1,000+ member judging panel. The on-line public also chooses the winners so get voting for Special Olympics at this link: http://pv.webbyawards.com/2015/social/social-content-and-marketing/sports. The nominated campaign changed hearts, attitudes and minds in Belgium. An image showing De Bruyne with the facial characteristics of people with Down syndrome and the question ‘Does De Bruyne deserve fewer supporters now?' became an immediate online success. It was a brave thought provoking campaign and deserves its place on top when the Webby Awards are announced on April 27th in New York city so get voting now!

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April 09, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Kyrgyz Republic

No Such Word

By Асель Алмазбекова

On the banner is written in a circle drawn by the letter " D", which is the word "retard" in Russian.

Я давно в специальной олимпиаде, занимаюсь спортом и еще работаю волонтером специальной олимпиады. В прошлом году мы начали проект "Объединяйтесь. Активация молодежи".View Story I've been in Special Olympics sports and still working as a volunteer for Special Olympics. Last year we started the project "Unite. Activation of young people." But, we had a problem. It concerned the use of the word that in Russian means "retard." It's certainly disappointing. Yes, we play as a team. However, sometimes during the game or after the game, they use bad words. Now we have decided to hold such an event like Spread the Word to End the Word to get people to stop using that word.But first our coaches must be willing. Therefore, we conducted a workshop with the coaches.

About Асель Алмазбекова:I am Asel Almazbekova ,a graduate of special school number 22 in Bishkek . Athletics , football, basketball, tennis. Now participate in the program " Youth Unite Activation " .
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April 08, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Austria

European Figure Skating Competition a perfect success in Vienna

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics Germany athlete 57 year old Andrea Körner in action

Thirty-five figure skaters from six countries--Austria, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and Iceland--took part in the European Figure Skating Competition in Vienna on March 27-29.View Story Thirty-five figure skaters from six countries--Austria, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and Iceland--took part in the European Figure Skating Competition in Vienna on March 27-29 including 57 yr old Andrea Körner (pictured) from Germany. The event under the patronage of Christian Oxonitsch, Vienna City Director of Education and Sports took place at the Eissport Favoriten Sports Center. Elisabeth and Helmut Sieber, SO Austria & SOEE Figure Skating Advisors as well Technical Delegates with experience of several Special Olympics Winter World Games gathered with Austrian volunteers and international officials from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia. The event was broadcast by ORF TV and provided a perfect backdrop for preparations for the 2017 World Winter Games in Graz and Schladming. Several of the officials and volunteers will be working at the 2017 Winter Games. Thank you to Special Olympics Austria and Elisabeth and Helmut Sieber for their excellent coordination of a superb event.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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May 17 - 18 2015

Special Olympics Golf Classic hosted by Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley, will host a Golf Classic at Spain’s number one golf course, PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course on May 18, 2015. The event will help raise funds for Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities. On the eve of the Special Olympics Golf Classic (May 17th) guests will have the opportunity to play a practice round on the critically acclaimed Stadium Course or visit The 2015 Open de España taking place in nearby Real Club de Golf El Prat. The evening will conclude with a dinner reception and auction at PGA Catalunya Resort’s onsite hotel.
For more information
Adrienne Regan
Email: aregan@specialolympics.org
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PGA Catalunya Resort
Barcelona, Barcelona
SPAIN

May 30 - Jun 6 2015

15th Annual Special Olympics European Football week

The Special Olympics Annual European Football Week idea was initiated in the year 2000 supported by UEFA. Starting with 15 countries in 2000, currently Special Olympics European Football Week involves almost all European countries. Each country organizes a variety of football activities including large tournaments, exhibition matches during Club and Football Federation events and small local competitions hosted by communities and schools with an average participation of up to 50,000 people. During Football Week, Special Olympics footballers of all abilities showcase their skills and determination on pitches throughout the Europe Eurasia region. The aim of football week is to encourage people from all walks of life to get involved in the Special Olympics movement using the most popular sport. 2015 edition focus is on Play Unified and living a healthy lifestyle. The kick off the week will host be invitational 7-a-side Football Tournament on 29-31 May with 12 European teams in Rosmalen, The Netherlands.
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Miroslaw Krogulec
Email: MKrogulec@specialolympics.org
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50 countries around Europe
POLAND

Jul 12 - 16 2015

European 7-a-side Football Tournament “Kim Kallstrom Trophy” by Gothia Cup

Fifth edition of “Kim Källström Trophy” the Special Olympics European 7-a-side football tournament to be held in Gothenburg 12th-16th of July 2015 as part of Gothia Cup. Since the start in 1975 this international youth football tournament has received teams from more than 140 nations. Over 1 million youth football players have taken part making the Gothia Cup not only the biggest but also the most international youth tournament in the world. The Kim Källström Trophy is cooperation between Gothia Cup, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Special Olympics Sweden and the Swedish national player Kim Källström. The main sponsor of the event is Goodsport Foundation. The Gothia Cup is a tournament where the meeting between youth people from different countries and culture are a priority. We therefore kindly ask, that teams which are interested in participating in the tournament does not have an elite focus in their organization. This is a lead to equal the level of the teams that are participating in the tournament. The fourth edition of Kim Källström Trophy was held during 2014 with a lot of positive feedback from the 30 participating teams. The participating teams represented 13 different nations around the world. For 2015 our aim is to invite more international teams and to increase the number of female teams in the tournament.
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Kristina Sager and Jonatan Sandberg
Email: Kristina.sager@gothiacup.se
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Kviberg fields
Gothenburg, Gothenburg
SWEDEN


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