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Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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May 22, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Germany

Frankfurt Gathering for Special Olympics Leaders

By Suzanne Coogan

The Special Olympics Leadership Academy is a new flagship global initiative, demonstrating our commitment to improving support and training for our leaders around the world.View Story The Special Olympics Leadership Academy is a new flagship global initiative, demonstrating our commitment to improving support and training for our leaders around the world.The first Academy took place in December 2014 in India but this month it was the turn of the Europe Eurasia region. Leaders and emerging leaders from 23 National Programs travelled to Frankfurt to take part and it was a hugely successful three days. The format was a mix of interactive leadership development sessions on topics such as vision, leadership styles, influencing and execution, with facilitators from both external partners and Special Olympics. The emphasis was on providing practical techniques and tools that can assist leaders in doing their job. American Express Foundation kindly provided a substantial grant which ensured the Academy was possible. Pro bono help with design of training materials was provided by Goldman Sachs and from CEB, a company that provides training based on best practices.

About Suzanne Coogan:Media and Public Awareness at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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May 18, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Golf and Football Stars Unite for Special Olympics

By Suzanne Coogan

2014 Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley (left) and Special Olympics Spain athlete Eduardo Vegas Ochoa

Stars from golf and football united at the PGA Catalunya Golf Resort in Spain to raise funds to send 78 athletes with intellectual disabilities to represent Team Spain at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.View Story Stars from golf and football united at the PGA Catalunya Golf Resort in Spain to raise funds to send 78 athletes with intellectual disabilities to represent Team Spain at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. 19 athletes will come from Catalunya. More than 20 teams signed up to play in the Golf Classic hosted by The 2014 Ryder Cup winning captain, Paul McGinley. Teams included football greats Johan Cruyff, Christian Karembeu and David O’Leary. Golf pros Paula Martí from Spain and Ireland's Peter Lawrie, as well as Special Olympics athlete Eduardo Vegas Ochoa from Madrid, who plays off a handicap of 20.2. “I am really honoured to host the first ever Special Olympics Golf Classic at such a magnificent course as PGA Catalunya Resort and to have so much support. I want to wish Team Spain every success at the LA World Games this summer. My advice is the same advice I gave to Team Europe at The 2014 Ryder Cup, “embrace the pressure but do everything with a smile on your face."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager of Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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May 15, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

The Flame of Hope is Ignited in Athens

By Christy White

On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.View Story On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Flame of Hope begins its trans-Atlantic journey via UPS Airlines, which will transport the flame to Washington, D.C. in time for the start of the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, which will kick off on 26 May. At the conclusion of the Unified Relay, the Flame of Hope will be handed over to the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Final Leg Team where they will travel for 13 days to more than 120 cities and towns throughout California, honoring the spirit of the Special Olympics global movement and delivering a message of hope to communities where people with intellectual disabilities continue to fight for acceptance and inclusion. To read more about the lighting ceremony, click below.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Austria

Special Olympics & IFRC Grants Are a Success

By Annemarie Hill

In an effort to support the growing country level collaboration between global partner International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Special Olympics, a small humanitarian diplomacy grant initiative was opened to 13 Programs in August 2014.View Story In an effort to support the growing country level collaboration between global partner International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Special Olympics, a small humanitarian diplomacy grant initiative was opened to 13 Programs in August 2014 through joint funding from both organizations. Humanitarian Diplomacy is an institutionalized activity throughout the Red Cross and Red Crescent world, and the partnership with Special Olympics has opened an opportunity for this advocacy to be focused on individuals with intellectual disabilities. 4 grants were awarded to in Austria, Jamaica, Indonesia and Peru. The grants had an enormous and diverse impact - be it starting a new local Program in rural Peru, having athlete leaders gain knowledge, confidence and importantly, their voice in Indonesia and Jamaica or thousands of youth reading inspired stories of inclusion in Austria, the project exceeded all expectations and demonstrated the true depth, scope and value of the partnership between Special Olympics and the IFRC.

About Annemarie Hill:I am the Director for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Scholas to Participate in 2015 World Summer Games

By David Evangelista

As part of the growing Special Olympics-UNICEF global partnership, Special Olympics recently conducted consultations with the leadership of Scholas Occurrentes, an education initiative launched by Pope Francis, aimed at empowering at-risk adolescents around the world.View Story As part of the growing Special Olympics-UNICEF global partnership, Special Olympics recently conducted high–level consultations with the leadership of Scholas Occurrentes, an education initiative launched by Pope Francis, aimed at empowering at-risk adolescents around the world. The consultations, held in Rome in mid-April, focused on the many ways in which Special Olympics, UNICEF and Scholas can work together to empower youth with and without intellectual disabilities as part of a shared commitment to equity for the world’s most vulnerable children. As part of targeted partnership development, Special Olympics welcomes the participation of Scholas in the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games as well as building a Scholas presence in the GenUin-Social Impact Summit, which will bring together inclusive youth pairs to present social impact projects designed to uphold and respect the rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities in communities throughout the world.

About David Evangelista:I am the Vice President for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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May 29 - 31 2015

European 7-a-side Football Tournament

For their 75th anniversary RKKSV (regular club with 3 Special Olympics soccer teams) are organizing a Special Olympics invitational 7-a-side tournament for level 3 and 4 under guidance of Special Olympics Netherlands.
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Natascha Bruers
Email: N.Bruers@specialolympics.nl
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RKKSV Kruisstraat
Kruisstraat 13, 5243 RD

Rosmalen, Netherlands
NETHERLANDS

May 30 - Jun 6 2015

15th Annual Special Olympics European Football week

The Special Olympics Annual European Football Week idea was initiated in the year 2000 supported by UEFA. Starting with 15 countries in 2000, currently Special Olympics European Football Week involves almost all European countries. Each country organizes a variety of football activities including large tournaments, exhibition matches during Club and Football Federation events and small local competitions hosted by communities and schools with an average participation of up to 50,000 people. During Football Week, Special Olympics footballers of all abilities showcase their skills and determination on pitches throughout the Europe Eurasia region. The aim of football week is to encourage people from all walks of life to get involved in the Special Olympics movement using the most popular sport. 2015 edition focus is on Play Unified and living a healthy lifestyle. The kick off the week will host be invitational 7-a-side Football Tournament on 29-31 May with 12 European teams in Rosmalen, The Netherlands.
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Miroslaw Krogulec
Email: MKrogulec@specialolympics.org
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50 countries around Europe
POLAND

Jul 12 - 16 2015

European 7-a-side Football Tournament “Kim Kallstrom Trophy” by Gothia Cup

Fifth edition of “Kim Källström Trophy” the Special Olympics European 7-a-side football tournament to be held in Gothenburg 12th-16th of July 2015 as part of Gothia Cup. Since the start in 1975 this international youth football tournament has received teams from more than 140 nations. Over 1 million youth football players have taken part making the Gothia Cup not only the biggest but also the most international youth tournament in the world. The Kim Källström Trophy is cooperation between Gothia Cup, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Special Olympics Sweden and the Swedish national player Kim Källström. The main sponsor of the event is Goodsport Foundation. The Gothia Cup is a tournament where the meeting between youth people from different countries and culture are a priority. We therefore kindly ask, that teams which are interested in participating in the tournament does not have an elite focus in their organization. This is a lead to equal the level of the teams that are participating in the tournament. The fourth edition of Kim Källström Trophy was held during 2014 with a lot of positive feedback from the 30 participating teams. The participating teams represented 13 different nations around the world. For 2015 our aim is to invite more international teams and to increase the number of female teams in the tournament.
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Kristina Sager and Jonatan Sandberg
Email: Kristina.sager@gothiacup.se
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Kviberg fields
Gothenburg, Gothenburg
SWEDEN


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