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Special Olympics Latin America is part of Special Olympics, an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

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Stories from Latin America


November 13, 2014 | Latin America: Brazil

Being a partner

By Dalva Pompermayer

Dalva Pompermayer (partner) and Ruy Carneiro (athlete) from Special Olympics Brazil will be playing unified doubles in LA 2015

I am Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old and I always heard about Special Olympics but I have never being involved before because I had to take care of my old mom and after her death, taking care of my sister with Alzheimer's disease.View Story I am Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old and I always heard about Special Olympics but I have never being involved before because I had to take care of my old mom and after her death, taking care of my sister with Alzheimer's disease. But in my free time I kept playing tennis because I love this game where I could met my friends and distracted my head from this terrible desease that consumes us. And suddenly, I was invited by a very good friend to play a unified double with Ruy, the best tennis player with intellectual disabilities in Jundiai, SP (our home town) and I can affirm that he is the best tennis player in Brazil. At the beginning I was afraid to play with him because he hates to lose and during our first matches we were losing so many points, what made him nuts. After many other practices together, I have learned how to deal with his anger and now I can say that we are real partners. He respects me, one helps the other during the matches, we train twice a week and that opportunity brought me back to life.

About Dalva Pompermayer:Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old, retired, a amateur tennis player and a Special Olympics lover.
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November 05, 2014 | SOI: Region Latin America

Facing Ignorance mixed with Arrogance

By Ivonne Casco

While checking my wall in Facebook, I liked a comment shared by a person who works at a center for LD children. The post showed a diagram letting the public know, it is never ok to use the R word.View Story While checking my wall in Facebook, I liked a comment shared by a person who works at a center for LD children. The post showed a diagram letting the public know, it is never ok to use the R word. A person commented that in music the term is used to mean a slower tempo, that is not derogatory, at least in music. However, the chart was never talking about music, it was meant to educate the public to stop using the R word. So this man continued to uphold the fact that word origins and current uses of the word are two different things and that the word in essence is not a bad word, granted it is not used against someone. I argued, the word is negative, hurtful and derogatory and should never be used or encouraged regarless of the origin. I continued to argue with him, because he was completely missing the point, this was not about him and his knowledge of music terms, but about hateful slurs on exceptional people. This continued for a couple of hours and ended by insulting me personaly.

About Ivonne Casco:I am a Principal at a Secondary school in Honduras. Being in the educational field for the past 24 years has showed me the impact of hateful words on people´s lives. I will not stand by passively.
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October 21, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Special Olympics El Salvador Uses Digital App to Select Athletes to Compete in the 2015 World Games

By Guisele Calderón

Twenty three athletes will represent El Salvador at the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles.View Story Twenty three athletes will represent El Salvador at the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles. Athletes from Special Olympics El Salvador will compete in track, rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, swimming, bocce, open water swimming and powerlifting. Special Olympics El Salvador athletes were given an equal chance of participating, with some help from an app developed by Influencia Digital, a digital partner of Special Olympics El Salvador, which randomly selected from a pool of male and female athletes with all levels of abilities. Alternate athletes were also selected using the app.

About Guisele Calderón:Marketing, Public Relations and Communication Coordinator
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October 21, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day Promotes Unity in El Salvador

By Guisele Calderón

Special Olympics El Salvador promoted the annual global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day day through social media and organized a number of activities that involved people with and without intellectual disabilities.View Story Special Olympics El Salvador promoted the annual global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day day through social media and organized a number of activities that involved people with and without intellectual disabilities. One of the activities included a Unified Rugby training camp with the Cuscatlán Rugby Club and El Salvador National Rugby team at the Helipuerto Presidente. During the camp, the athletes trained with the rugby teams and learned about the sport rugby. Athlete leaders, board members and Special Olympics El Salvador staff attended the event. After the training camp, the captains of both male and female Cuscatlán Rugby Clubs were presented with official Special Olympics captain armbands. The Cuscatlán Rugby Club became part of a select group of ambassadors for Special Olympics El Salvador.

About Guisele Calderón:Marketing, Public Relations and Communications Coordinator
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September 18, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

First Lady of El Salvador Welcomes Special Olympics to the Presidential House

By Johamy Alabi

President of Special Olympics El Salvador, Sandra de Uceda, with the First Lady Margarita de Sanchez, athlete Nino Durler, and Executive Director Johamy Alabi.

The First Lady of El Salvador, Margarita Villalta de Sánchez, welcomed Special Olympics El Salvador representatives to the Presidential House to discuss better opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities on 8 September.View Story The First Lady of El Salvador, Margarita Villalta de Sánchez, welcomed Special Olympics El Salvador representatives to the Presidential House to discuss better opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities on 8 September. The President of Special Olympics El Salvador, Sandra de Uceda, along with athlete leader Nino Durler and Executive Director of Special Olympics El Salvador, Johamy Alabí, met with the First Lady in the San Salvador Room to discuss the benefits that sports have on our athletes and the important work the organization has done over the past 30 years. Afterwards, Nino Durler presented a Special Olympics T-shirt to the First Lady as a gift.

About Johamy Alabi:Executive Director of Special Olympics El Salvador
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