The Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament gets underway tomorrow (August 27th) just ahead of 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Poland in what will be three days of top class Unified Volleyball action.
Special Olympics Unified Sports combines teammates with and without intellectual disabilities on the same sports teams for training and competition.
Supported by FIVB, four Special Olympics Unified Volleyball teams from Poland, Serbia, Germany and USA totaling 48 players will compete including 24 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 24 Unified teammates and 12 coaches. Volleyball legend and Special Olympics Volleyball Ambassador Vladimir ‘Vanja’ Gribic will join Polish Volleyball stars Sebestian Swiderski, Pawel Papke and Piotr Gruszka courtside to support the athletes. Poland’s Minister of Sport Andrzej Biernat and Diplomatic representatives from Serbia, Germany and USA have also been invited to attend. A highlight of the Tournament will be the ‘Starts Match’ at the Arena Ursynów on August 29th. Event partners include the Polish Volleyball Association, Warsaw Ciy, AZS Politechnika Warszawska and Arena Ursynow.
Through the common language of sports, the Unified Volleyball Tournament aims to encourage people with and without intellectual disabilities to break barriers and forge new friendships to help build a more inclusive society.
In 2011 a Proclamation between the International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) and Special Olympics was signed with the aim of growing the sport of volleyball and to increase opportunities for players with an intellectual disability.
UNIFIED VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Sports Venue: Arena Ursynów, Warsaw
Organizer: Special Olympics Poland, www.olimpiadyspecjalne.pl
Tournament Manager: Ivetta Roczek [email protected]
Europe/Eurasia co-ordination: Krzysztof Krukowski [email protected]
Supported by: FIVB, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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Twitter: #playunified @specialolympicsEU
For more information contact: Maureen Rabbitt, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia:
T: +353 87 786 6001