the 10th Special Olympics European Basketball Week, an annual event that calls
on the entire European basketball community to get active in promoting more
opportunities in the game for people with intellectual disabilities.
This year the week will take place from Saturday, November 30th to Sunday
December 8th with 18,000 Special Olympics athletes participating in 200
basketball events, matches, clinics and exhibition as well as 20 National
Tournaments across 33 countries.
EBW 2013 will also include
celebrations of The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities which falls on December 3rd.
The 10th anniversary of
European Basketball Week will bring a particular focus on encouraging more
females with intellectual disabilities to participate in Special Olympics
basketball. Today in Europe 57,954 athletes including 19,129 females are
registered as Basketball players. The goal is to reach 60,000 players by the
end of 2013.
2013 European Basketball Week once again enjoys the
full backing of FIBA
Europe, Euroleague Basketball and more than 25
National Basketball Federations across the region. Rounds 6 and 7 of the
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball Regular Season will be dedicated to
One Team and Special Olympics with some of the most-recognised names in basketball sharing
the court with Special Olympics athletes and donning the Special Olympics
symbol on their jerseys.
Here is what some of the leaders in
European basketball have to say about EBW:
“We are proud to continue offering our platform to raise awareness and support for Special Olympics in Europe. Special Olympics athletes remind us of the true joy of the game and so they are an inspiration to the rest of the European Basketball community.”
- Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball CEO
“After 10 years FIBA
Europe continues its endorsement of Special Olympics European Basketball Week
because Special Olympics uses sport as a catalyst to transform the lives of
people with intellectual disabilities and to promote respect, acceptance and
inclusion. We hope that the 10th edition will be the biggest and most
inclusive yet so that more players with intellectual disabilities get a chance
to take part.”
- Kamil Novak, Secretary General FIBA Europe
official 2013 Special Olympics European Basketball Week brochure is available for
Watch the 2013 EBW official video.