Latin America

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


August 22, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Olimpiadas Especiales organiza primer Congreso Internacional del Espectro Autismo

By Guisele Calderón
August 19, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Educating Families About the Power of Special Olympics

By Paola Martinelli

Special Olympics Mexico gave a presentation about Special Olympics at a Best Buddies monthly meeting where parents of people with intellectual disabilities were in attendance.

View Story Special Olympics Mexico gave a presentation about Special Olympics at a Best Buddies monthly meeting where parents of people with intellectual disabilities were in attendance. The presentation was given by Fernanda Martinez Vives and spoke of  how Special Olympics transforms the lives people with intellectual disabilities through sport. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communication and Marketing; National Director of Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program and Regional Advisor of Unified Sports Committee.
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August 19, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Mexico Recruits Families and Athletes

By Paola Martinelli

Special Olympics Mexico gave a presentation to parents whose children attend Multiple Care Centers for children with special needs in Mexico.View Story Special Olympics Mexico gave a presentation to parents whose children attend Multiple Care Centers for children with special needs in Mexico. Sergio Velasco gave an overview what Special Olympics is how its local and global activities foster and promote inclusion. Approximately 20 people attended the event.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing
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August 19, 2014 | Latin America: Panamá

Athletes Perform in Inclusive Play

By Maryorie Patiño Jaén

Special Olympics Panama athletes participated in the first inclusive play in Panama -- featuring actors with and without intellectual disabilities.View Story Special Olympics Panama athletes participated in the first inclusive play in Panama -- featuring actors with and without intellectual disabilities. The play, La Cucarachita Mandinga, was produced by the Panama Down Foundation, written by Rogelio Sinan and music composed by Gonzalo Brenes. After several months of preparation, eight athletes took the stage and a gave life to several characters of the play. The play was performed in the El Circulo Theatre and attracted hundreds of spectators. Congratulations to all of our athletes for their performance and the Panama Down Foundation for the success of their project.

About Maryorie Patiño Jaén:Director of Public Awareness of Special Olympics Panama
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August 19, 2014 | Latin America: Panamá

Athletes Share Their Goals with the President of Panama

By Maryorie Patiño Jaén

The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, invited Special Olympics Panama athletes to watch a qualifying round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.View Story The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, invited Special Olympics Panama athletes for lunch to watch a qualifying round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Athletes spoke to the President about their goals and preparation for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. At the end of their gathering, the athletes presented the President with a gift which served as a gesture of appreciation for all his support for Special Olympics Panama.

About Maryorie Patiño Jaén:Director of Public Knowledge Special Olympics Panama
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Sep 1 - 3 2014

2014 Special Olympics Latin America Annual Regional Leadership Meeting

Special Olympics Latin America will host the 2014 Annual Regional Leadership Meeting in Panama City, Panama from September 1st – through 3. The annual meeting is an opportunity to provide Special Olympics Leaders and athletes from Latin America countries the skills and knowledge to strengthen their Special Olympics Programs and activities in their respective countries. The meeting will also play an important role in the development of the Movement’s new strategic plan. Approximately 70 Special Olympics leaders and athletes of the region are expected to attend the Annual Leadership Meeting.
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El Panama Hotel
Panama City, Panama
PANAMA

Sep 20 - 25 2014

Special Olympics Ecuador National Games

More than 1,000 athletes from around Ecuador, 250 coaches, volunteers, family members and spectators will join together to celebrate the power of sports during the Special Olympics Ecuador National Games. The Games will take place in Macas City on 20-25 September. These Games will be qualifier for athletes to compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles 2015.
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Various Venues
Macas, Morona Santiago
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Special Olympics Latin America
Ciudad del Saber Clayton
Av. Vicente Bonilla, 121, Ciudad del Saber
Panama City, Panama

Office: +1 507 317-0615
Twitter: @oeamericalatina

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