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

Organizado por Asociación de Autismo de El Salvador (ASA), Los centros de atención CAMI y CEFOI junto al Ministerio de Educación (MINED) y Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador fue realizado del 18 al 20 de julio, con una exitosa asistencia de más de 500 personas entre, profesores de Educación Especial, Educación Física, Psicólogos, Fisioterapistas, alumnos de universidades y padres de familia.View Story Organizado por Asociación de Autismo de El Salvador (ASA), Los centros de atención CAMI y CEFOI junto al Ministerio de Educación (MINED) y Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador fue realizado del 18 al 20 de julio, con una exitosa asistencia de más de 500 personas entre, profesores de Educación Especial, Educación Física, Psicólogos, Fisioterapistas, alumnos de universidades y padres de familia. El congreso conto la presencia de ponentes internacionales como: María Isabel Bayonas de España; Bárbara de Mejía, Guatemala; Daniela Melfi, Argentina, Margarita Niño, Colombia; además del Dr. Jorge Vidaurre, Linda Rosa Lugo, Joanne Murphy, Carol Johnson todos de EEUU. Nuestro destacado atleta Alexis Rodríguez participó en la ceremonia de inauguración dirigiéndose a los presentes expresando sus logros personales y como atleta de Olimpiadas Especiales. Johamy Alabi, Directora Ejecutiva de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador, participo con la ponencia “Inclusión Social a través del Deporte”.

About Guisele Calderón:Coordinadora de Mercadeo, Comunicaciones y Relaciones Públicas
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September 10, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Mexico Athletes Compete in Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games

By Paola Martinelli

On 5-9 June 1,200 athletes from 28 Special Olympics Southern California local programs and 150 athletes from 12 countries participated in the 2014 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at the University of Southern California.View Story On 5-9 June 1,200 athletes from 28 Special Olympics Southern California local programs and 150 athletes from 12 countries participated in the 2014 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games  at the University of Southern California. Athletes competed in six sports disciplines including swimming, athletics, basketball, bocce, gymnastics and golf.  Special Olympics Mexico, Baja California represented the country in athletics and swimming with a delegation of 23 athletes. They were accompanied by two coaches, two assistant to coaches, two assistants and two delegates. In total, Mexican athletes took home 33 gold medals, 18 silver medals and 4 bronze medals. Congratulations to our athletes!

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing for Special Olympics Mexico
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September 10, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Mexico Colima Athletes Participated in the Weeklong CRECECAMP

By Paola Martinelli

From 14-19 July Special Olympics Mexico athletes participated in the week long CRECECAMP at Colima Campus Monterrey Tec.View Story From 14-19 July Special Olympics Mexico athletes participated in the week long CRECECAMP at Colima Campus Monterrey Tec. CRECECAMP was filled with educational, musical, art and motor skills activities, as well as sports, cooking, aquatics games and theater. During the closing ceremony, athletes were recognized for their participation in CRECECAMP. It was a great event that helped raise awareness for all participants, students and authorities who attended.

About Paola Martinelli:Special Olympics Mexico National Director of Communications and Marketing
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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.

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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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