Help us make a difference!

Make Your Year-End Gift by Dec. 31st - your donation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, and change more lives.

SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL GAMES BODES WELL FOR ANTWERP 2014!

May 15, 2013

Excitement and expectation is rising for the 2014 Special Olympics European Games as Special Olympics Belgium close their most successful and largest National Games to date.

300 x 200 belgium opening ceremony

Opening Ceremony of 2013 National Games

Excitement is Building

“The success of Belgium’s 2013 National Games is hugely encouraging” says Mary Davis, President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia. “Now we have a taste of the excitement, passion and professionalism we can expect when we celebrate the 2014 European Games in Antwerp. I am looking forward to it more than ever and congratulations to everyone at Special Olympics Belgium for a fantastic Games!”

The host town of Ghent came to a standstill on the evening of May 8th, when 7,000 people took to their seats in a specially built stadium before the beautiful settings of the Grand Palace to celebrate the Games Opening Ceremony.

For the first time ever the ceremony was attended by HSH Princess Astrid of Belgium who officially opened the Games and attended many of the competitions which took place over the following three days. 3,270 athletes competed in 19 sports, supported by 1,200 coaches and 1.500 volunteers.

In an exclusive interview with Belgium TV, Princess Astrid warmly described Special Olympics as “a piece of paradise on earth”. The Princess spoke about how much she enjoyed the Games and what an honour it was to share in the joy of the athletes and the pride of their parents.  Watch it here. http://bit.ly/10A7XIU

And in a fantastic endorsement for Special Olympics, she confirmed that the 2014 Special Olympics European Games in Antwerp would take place under Her High Patronage.

The 2014 Special Olympics European Games will take place in Antwerp from September 9th – 21st and will bring together teams from 58 countries across Europe and Eurasia to compete for medals in eleven sports including: Swimming, Gymnastics, Athletics, Motor Activity Training, Badminton, Table Tennis, Bocce, Football, Basketball and Judo. The Games will also involve competitions in Unified Table Tennis and Basketball which will bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competing on the same team.

For more information on 2014 Special Olympics European Games visit www.so2014.com

Visit Special Olympics Belgium on facebook for more photos from the 2013 National Games: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympics.be/photos_albums

 

 


Support Special Olympics

Help us reach one more athlete.

DONATE NOW»

Become a Volunteer

Find out about the many ways you can get involved in the Special Olympics programs nearest you. There are 58 country-level offices in the Europe/Eurasia region.

FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU»

Follow Us

Make a holiday donation in honor of loved ones.

Donate »

Find events near you and learn about volunteer opportunities at one of our 226 worldwide locations.

FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU »

Videos and Photos

DifferentBarry Cairns tells what it's like to be a Special Olympics athlete.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

SpeechlessSpecial Olympics changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Summer GamesAround the world, months of practice are paying off.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Photos on FBSee photos and comments from our supporters around the world.See Photos »


Videos and Photos

Hope in HaitiLeo and Gedeon play in makeshift fields, tent towns, wherever they can.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Finding His VoiceDavid Egan has always dreamed big. Now look at him!Learn More »


Videos and Photos

Sport Teaches UsOur life-changing work is fueled by the power of sport.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Making SuccessDoctors said Lani is “never going to achieve anything.” Learn More »


Videos and Photos

Very Very SpecialMusic helps Special Olympics make an impact worldwide.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Around The WorldGreat photos of Special Olympics events and people.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Focus on ChangeWhat we do can't be done without our partners.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Power of SportsSports are a powerful way to change our athlete’s lives.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

What We DoSports, health, education, community and more.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Who We AreWe are athletes, families, celebs, volunteers and more.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Summer SportsOur athletes run, jump, swim and score in summer.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Playing UnifiedUnified Sports reveals strengths in every team member.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Healthier AthletesOur free health clinics are making a huge difference.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Deon NamisebHe's a speaker and role model. It didn't start that way in Namibia.Learn More »


Special Olympics Blog

Sport and Tech Team Up for Good

Now, thanks to Microsoft, athletes, coaches and families will have rapid access to useful information about their scores, times, personal bests, fitness and health. Special Olympics can use this capability to dramatically improve the lives of people in our Movement.  read more »

Posted on 2014-10-27 by Janet

go to blog »


*

Special Olympics - Become a Fan

Your Year-End Donation Helps Transform Lives Through Sports!

Make your year-end tax-deductible donation and help us get one more person onto the playing field.

Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar through Dec. 31.