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.

Stories from Latin America


July 02, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Medical Professionals in Latin America Support Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities

By Guisele Calderón

Nearly 40 medical professionals from five countries in Latin America showed their support for Special Olympics as they gathered in Merida, Mexico to attend a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Train the Trainer event that instructs medical professionals on how to care for people with intellectual disabilities in different health disciplines.View Story Nearly 40 medical professionals from five countries in Latin America showed their support for Special Olympics as they gathered in Merida, Mexico to attend a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Train the Trainer event that instructs medical professionals on how to care for people with intellectual disabilities in different health disciplines. After 3 days of training, each medical professional became a certified Special Olympics Clinical Director. As a Clinical Director, they have the approval to host Special Olympics clinics along with other volunteer medical professionals to treat athletes. The event offered training in the following areas: FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Special Smiles (dentistry) and Opening Eyes (optometry). The event was hosted by the regional office of Special Olympics Latin America and was held June 12-14.

About Guisele Calderón:Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
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July 02, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

The Michael Phelps Foundation and “im” Program Provides World Class Instruction to Special Olympics Swimmers in El Salvador

By Guisele Calderon

Thanks to the Micheal Phelps Foundation and “im” Program, Special Olympics El Salvador swimmers will be receiving world class instruction on water safety, recreational aquatic activities, health and wellness and goal-setting instruction.View Story Thanks to the Micheal Phelps Foundation and “im” Program, Special Olympics El Salvador swimmers will be receiving world class instruction on water safety, recreational aquatic activities, health and wellness and goal-setting instruction. Coaches and physical educational teachers from around the country received training on how to deliver swimming instruction to their students using the 5 “im” Program disciplines which include: imSafe – Provides each participant with the opportunity to become comfortable, confident, and safe in the water; imFun – Keeps water-safe participants active in the pool by creating a fun environment that fosters continued development of in-water skills; imFast – Provides participants with a coordinated training regimen that further develops the swimmer’s overall fitness level and helps athletes realize their potential; imHealthy – Teaches the basics of healthy living including good eating habits, stress management, and physical activity; imSuccesful – Teaches how to set goals, develop a plan, and work towards achievement. Rosa Maria Feussier, Special Olympics El Salvador Sports Area Director, and Edgar Perez, Special Olympics El Salvador Coordinator, learned of the “im” Program while in Uruguay and are now working to provide the resources and guidance necessary to ensure Program’s success in the country.

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July 02, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Third Annual Special Olympics El Salvador Fire Truck Pull

By Guisele Calderón

Seven companies in ElSalvador showed their support for Special Olympics in a new way. The teams competed to see which could pull a fire truck faster than all the others.View Story Seven companies in El Salvador showed their support for Special Olympics in a new way. The teams competed to see which could pull a fire truck faster than all the others. The Special Olympics El Salvador Fire Truck Pull on May 25th involved seven teams of 12 people pulling a seven-ton fire truck 100 meters as fast as possible. Each team was cheered on by their families, friends and colleagues. First place went to team of DHL with a time of 45.84 seconds, second place went to team DIGICEL 2 with a time of 47.25 seconds and third place went to Pacific Paradise Hotel with a time of 48. 35 seconds.

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June 25, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Southern California 2014 Summer Invitational Games

By Paola Martinelli

Los Juegos de verano de Special Olympics Sur de California 2014, se llevaron a cabo del 5 al 9 de Junio, en la Universidad del Sur de California.View Story The Special Olympics Southern California 2014, Summer Games took place from 5 to 9 June at the University of Southern California. With the participation of 1,200 athletes from 28 SO Southern California local programs and 150 athletes from 12 international programs including the following countries: SO Taipei China, Costa Rica SO, SO Egypt, Britain SO, SO Indonesia, Iraq SO, SO Macau, Mexico SO, SW Japan, SW Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates SO, SO Hong Kong. They participated in 6 Sports: Swimming, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Gymnastics and Special Golf. Special Olympics Baja Mexico California represented our country in two sports, Athletics and Swimming, with a delegation of 23 athletes, 2 coaches, 2 assistant coaches, 2 auxiliaries 1 delegate and 1 assistant delegate. They return to Mexico with 11 Gold, 18 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing. 
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June 06, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Motor Activities Training Program in the Eastern Region

By Johamy Alabi

Teachers who participated in the training session.

El pasado 02de junio, se realizo en la ciudad de San Miguel la capacitación a docentes de escuelas de educación especial (EEE), centros educativos con aula de apoyo e inclusivos de tiempo pleno la capacitación sobre el programa MATP hace énfasis en el entonamiento y la participación n vez de la compView Story On June 2, a Motor Activity Training Program was held in the city of San Miguel for Special Education teachers, on how to use MATP program in the classroom to support inclusiveness and emphasize attunement and participation rather than competition. Providing these people the means to participate in appropriate activities tailored to their skill levels. The training was conducted as part of the Special Olympics El Salvador MINED agreement - called "Sports activity and recreation for people with intellectual disabilities". It provided equitable opportunities for access and learning for teachers and students of Special Olympics El Salvador and schools using sport as a tool for social inclusion, providing opportunities and sporting experiences and adapting to different interests, motivations and abilities. The event took place in ESMA, San Miguel for teachers in the eastern region.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Location

Jul 24 - 27 2014

Special Olympics Honduras National Bocce Competion

Join us June 24-27 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as athletes and Unified partners from around the country will compete to qualify for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Gracia Mendez
Email:gmendez@olimpiadasespecialeshn.org
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Tegucigalpa
HONDURAS

Aug 1, 2014
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Special Olympics Costa Rica National Swimming Competion

Join us on August 1st at the CODEA Recreation Center in Alajuela, Costa Rica as athletes participate in an exciting day of swimming competition. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Wady Wado
Email:wvado@olimpiadasespeciales.cr
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CODEA Recreation Center
Alajuela, San José
COSTA RICA

Aug 3 - 6 2014

Special Olympics Peru National Games

Join us August 3-6 in Lima, Peru as athletes and Unified partners from around the country will compete in football, basketball and volleyball to qualify for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Ivan Huapaya
Email:deportes@olimpiadasespecialesperu.org
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Lima
PERU

Aug 21 - 28 2014

Special Olympics Mexico National Games

Join us for the biggest Special Olympics Mexico event in the country. More than 800 hundred athletes from around the country will compete for a chance to qualify for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. The Games will feature Unified Football which join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to play together. With over 2,000 spectators and 270 volunteers, these National Games promise to be a huge celebration for all of our athletes.
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Vacational Center Oaxtepec
Mexico City, D.F., Morelos
MEXICO

Aug 25 - 30 2014

Special Olympics El Salvador National Games

The 2014 Special Olympics El Salvador National Games will welcome 711 athletes from across the country to showcase their abilities in five days of sport competition. 150 coaches, 300 volunteers, 120 judges, families and spectators will join the athletes to celebrate inclusion, acceptance and the power of sports.
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Various VenuesSan Salvador
EL SALVADOR

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
ECUADOR


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