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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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July 26, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Historic Opening to World Games 2015

By Christy White

More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the GamesView Story More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the Games, these Games are the largest event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics and mark the return of the Special Olympics Summer Games to United States after 16 years.Athletes, coaches, officials, family members, volunteers and fans were treated to a star studded opening ceremonies that electrified the LA Memorial Coliseum headlined by Stevie Wonder and included performances by Avril Lavigne, Nicole Scherzinger, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, J Balvin, Becky G, Cassadee Pope and 'Reach Up LA' theme song creator Siedah Garrett. Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen directed the show. Stars from TV, film and sports also made appearances including Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Lauren Potter, Michael Phelps, Colin Farrel and Jamal Charles.An amazing night for everyone!

About Christy White:Director, Global Media and Public Relations
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July 26, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Special Olympics athletes show a model for future of Israel

By Maureen Rabbitt

Lucy Meyer speaks at welcoming party for Team Israel along with actor Tom Arnold and Consul General David Siegal.

As thousands of Special Olympics athletes from all around the world have arrived on Los Angeles soil already they are warming the hearts and transforming the minds of those they meet.View Story As thousands of Special Olympics athletes from all around the world have arrived on Los Angeles soil already they are warming the hearts and transforming the minds of those they meet. Today the Los Angeles Israeli Consul General, Mr. David Siegal, told Team Israel “by teaching us to accept people of all differences you show us a model for the future of Israel.” He met the delegation of 40 Special Olympics athletes at a welcoming party in their host town of Bel Air. “There is a teaching in Judaism that says: ‘If you can save one life, you can save the world’. And the same applies if you can change one life, you can change the world. By expanding your own possibilities, you inspire us to expand ours,” added Siegal. The welcome party was hosted in the private residence of Chuck and Jaime Meyer, who are parents to Special Olympics athlete Lucy, Special Olympics athletes from Southern California were there to enjoy Unified play activates with their Israeli friends as well celebrities.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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July 26, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Germany

German Government fully behind Team Deutschland

By Maureen Rabbitt

(l-r) Christiane Krajewski, Chairperson of SO Germany, VP & member of the German Federal Parliament, Ulla Schmidt, Mary Davis, Regional President of SOEE, Consul General Hans-Jorg Neumann and Sabine Menke, SOEE.

The Federal Republic of Germany has shown its full support behind Special Olympics Germany as its sends a team of 137 athletes to Los Angeles to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games taking place in Los Angeles from July 25th to August 3rd.View Story The Federal Republic of Germany has shown its full support behind Special Olympics Germany as its sends a team of 137 athletes to Los Angeles to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games taking place in Los Angeles from July 25th to August 3rd. The Vice President and Member of the German Federal Parliament Ulla Schmidth has travelled to Los Angeles to enjoy the game and cheer her team on. Along with Los Angeles Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hans-Jörg Neumann, VP Schmidth hosted a reception on July 23rd, to honour Team Deutschland in their host town of Monterey. At the reception Consul General Neumann told the team of Germany's pride for the athletes and asked them to show the world what they can achieve.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am communications director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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July 26, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Boxing Champ Inspired Team Great Britain

By Maureen Rabbitt

Gold Olympian Audley Harrison with Team Great Britain athlete Ruairdh Brown (cycling).

British Olympian Gold Medalist Audley Harrison brought his gold medal to a reception for Team Special Olympics Great Britain hosted at the British Consul residence in Los Angeles yesterday in order to inspire them to go for gold at Los Angeles 2015.View Story British Olympian Gold Medalist Audley Harrison brought his gold medal to a reception for Team Special Olympics Great Britain hosted at the British Consul residence in Los Angeles yesterday in order to inspire them to go for gold at Los Angeles 2015. The professional boxer won the medal in Sydney 2000 Olympics. "Visualise this" he said to the 120 athletes of Team GB, holding out his gold medal for all to see. The athletes showed their appreciation to Audley Harrison by saying "Audley, you are as golden as the Gold medal you brought for us. Thank you!"

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for communications at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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July 23, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Bulgaria

Bulgaria sends Team off with National Pride

By Hristo Hristozov

President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevnenliev with Special Olympics equestrian athlete Ilijana Tzvetanova.

President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevnenliev hosted a send-off for Team Bulgaria in the auspicious Coats of Arm Hall at the Bulgarian Presidency.View Story President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevnenliev hosted a send-off for Team Bulgaria in the Coats of Arm Hall at the Bulgarian Presidency. In his remarks to the delegation of 23 who will be competing in 10 sports, the President said: “It is not disability that makes people incapable but the environment which cannot see them for who they are. As a society we need to stand in solidarity with people with intellectual disabilities with the understanding that the whole nation gains from their fulfillment and integration.” Minister of Youth and Sport Krasen Kralev also addressed the delegation, saying: “We are incredibly proud of you because you are an example for millions of Bulgarians with your courage, your faith, your tireless work and with your achievements.” Minister Kralev called upon everyone to come together to create a society of acceptance: “Let us create positive attitudes together by promoting what our athletes do.”

About Hristo Hristozov:I am National Director of Special Olympics Bulgaria.
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Sep 7 - 13 2015

European Week of Sport

The European week of Sport is a new initiative of the European Commission to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The week will generate new activities and also build on already existing successful initiatives in the European, national, regional or local context. This European wide campaign will inspire Europeans to BeActive during the week and encourage them to stay active all year long.
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Cities throughout Europe

Nov 28 - Dec 6 2015

European Basketball Week

European Basketball Week is when we ask the broader basketball community to open more opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the game. Basketball Week involves athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, coaches, fans and families at more than 200 basketball events, matches, clinics and exhibitions across 33 countries.
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Mirek Krogulec
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