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Initiated in the Africa region in 1979 with the founding of Special Olympics Kenya, Special Olympics has 21 accredited programs with nearly 120,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics addresses the needs of African people with an intellectual disability in the areas of sport, health, education and leadership.  Special Olympics contributes significantly in addressing the correlation between disability and poverty, a key issue for the continent.

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Stories From Africa


ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | Africa: Namibia

Special Olympics Nambia encourages youth to Play Unified!

By Ms.Esther Kambala

Special Olympics Namibia (SON) hosted an inclusive camp targeting youth with and without an intellectual disability. The summit took place from the 29th -30th of November 2013 at the Hodygos Conference Centre, just outside Windhoek.View Story Special Olympics Namibia (SON) hosted an inclusive camp targeting youth with and without an intellectual disability. The summit took place from the 29th -30th of November 2013 at the Hodygos Conference Centre, just outside Windhoek. A total of 50 youth attended and were supervised by staff members and volunteers. The excited group got to camp overnight and engaged in a number of team building activities. The Special Olympics motto of Play Unified, Live Unified was intrinsic to the messaging for the summit and the youth were encouraged to become ambassadors for Special Olympics and to help spread the messaging of inclusion amongst their peers. As the summit fell so close to the 1st of December, International Aids Day, the youth participated in an art session to create posters encouraging prevention and promoting acceptance and inclusion of people with Aids.

About Ms.Esther Kambala:I am the Assistant Manager of Sports & Organizational Development of the Special Olympics Africa Region
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ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | Africa: South Africa

Camp Shriver, A Unified Camp in South Africa

By Nyeleti Shilenge

Playing and interacting with people with Intellectual Disabilities was very nice and challenging. I enjoyed every moment and learnt a lot from them.View Story I have never felt so welcomed within such a big group. The camp is the best I ever attended, thank you for inviting us. Playing and interacting with people with Intellectual Disabilities was very nice and challenging. I enjoyed every moment and learnt a lot from them. With such events I am hoping people within our community will stop hiding their kids and bring them out to such occasions, this is because people think they should not be part of such.

About Nyeleti Shilenge:Nyeleti Shilenge- Unified Partnr, Pholosho Secondary School.
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ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa Unified® Sports Day

By Ancilla Smith

Special Olympics South Africa together with the Bona Lesedi Disability project and the South Africa National Equestrian Schools Association hosted a Unified® Sports day at Shumbashaba.View Story Special Olympics South Africa together with the Bona Lesedi Disability project and the South Africa National Equestrian Schools Association hosted a Unified® Sports day at Shumbashaba. An opening ceremony was conducted with athletes parading in the sporting arena after which they participated in Bocce, 7-aside soccer and volley ball. Over 100 athletes participated in the event enthusiastically supported by willing volunteers. This event truly captured the spirit of unity and inclusion and all the athletes were thrilled with their medals. The closing ceremony was completed with a friendship circle and smiles all round.

About Ancilla Smith :I am the Marketing,communication and media manager for Africa region
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ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | Africa: Uganda

Unified Football Gives Victor Lifetime Opportunities

By Matovu Andrew Victor

Through Unified Football, I had a chance to meet and get many new friends. We also had so much fun and joy during the Unified event held in the Royal Bofikeng National in Rustenburg, South Africa.View Story The journey to the Unified 7-a-side football tournament in South Africa to attend the Unity Cup was very interesting to me because of many things that happened in South Africa. First of all I had a chance to reach and see many places that I had not seen before in South Africa,for example Pretoria, the Sun City, the Royal Bafokeng Nation and many others that I was just reading about in books, magazines, newspapers and what I saw on television back home in Uganda.  Through Unified Football, I had a chance to meet and get many new friends who up to this day are communicating on Facebook and we exchange e-mails. We also had so much fun and joy during the Unified event held in the Royal Bofikeng National in Rustenburg, South Africa. We had to play very hard and display our talents because all the teams at this tournament were high level Unified teams. Another great achievement is that I got a chance to be seen on the international South African television channel called Super Sport which is a dream to many sports people and it has happened to me. I only knew about my appearance on television when I returned to Uganda when I got back home as it was the first thing everyone was telling me about because they had seen me on television. Wow, to this day, I still cannot believe it I made it on international television. I also had an opportunity to play in a massive stadium that was used as one of the FIFA World Cup stadiums in South Africa in 2010, the Bafokeng Stadium. Not many people have the opportunity to go into this stadium unless there is a football match to watch but I actually played on the field! Thanks to Special Olympics.  Finally, I am again so privileged to have played on a Gold medal team. Special Olympics Uganda men won Gold and this changed my life because it was my dream to a have a Gold medal in my sports lifetime.

About Matovu Andrew Victor:My name is Matovu Andrew Victor, one of the Unified football team players from Uganda who attended the Unified 7-a-side tournament in South Africa, in Rustenburg.
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ربيع الثاني 15, 1413 | Africa: Tanzania

كبير المدربين، رجل سعيد

By Charles Nyambe

Coach Godwin Mnyamisi and his football team

"هذا أفضل أداء لي في وظيفتي كمدرب كرة قدم للأوليمبياد الخاص." كان هذا تعليق كبير مدربي تنزانيا جودوين منياميسي. وبمقارنة إنجازه بتمكين فريقه من الفوز بالميدالية الذهبية في شنغهاي عامView Story "هذا أفضل أداء لي في وظيفتي كمدرب كرة قدم للأوليمبياد الخاص." كان هذا تعليق كبير مدربي تنزانيا جودوين منياميسي. وبمقارنة إنجازه بتمكين فريقه من الفوز بالميدالية الذهبية في شنغهاي عام 2007، قال إن كلاهما إنجازان جيددان لكنه يظن أن الفريق المتحد في راستنبورج كان أفضل لأن فريقه لعب ضد فرق أقوى بكثير من فرق شنغهاي. و أشار المدرب إلى فرق مثل كوت ديفوار و جنوب أفريقيا و كينيا ضمن الفرق التي لم يواجهها من قبل. بالنسبة لمسابقة كأس العالم للأوليمبياد الخاص القادمة قال منياميسي أنه في حاجة لإعداد المزيد لأنه يتوقع أن يلعب ضد فرق مؤهلة من كافة أنحاء العالم التي ستكون حتماً فرقا جيدة. و مع ذلك لديه ثقة كبيرة في فريقه. تعليقاً على خسارة فريقه أمام فريق جنوب أفريقيا الموحد للأولمبياد الخاص، قال إنه ليس سعيدا لكن في مباراة لكرة القدم الخسارة واحدة من النتائج وبفضل الله يحتل فريقه على الأقل مركزا من بين المراكز الثلاثة الأولى. كل فريق يجب أن يتعلم قبول النتائج ولكن بعد العمل الشاق. وقال إنه سيقود فريقه في ريو آملا في أن يكون ممثلا جيدا لأفريقيا. الأولمبياد الخاص تنزانيا فخور بمنياميسي لعمله في تدريب كرة القدم خاصة في التحضير لكأس الوحدة الأفريقية في جنوب أفريقيا.

About Charles Nyambe:أنا موظف إقليمي للأوليمبياد الخاص.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

ذو القعدة 28, 1435

Uganda National Games

Please join Special Olympics Uganda on September 23-27 at Kampala National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Denis Lutalo
Email: sougandadirector@gmail.com
Phone: +256 414 270 710
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Kampala National Stadium
Plot 254 Kabanjagala Road
Kampala
UGANDA

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Mauritius National Games

Please join Special Olympics Mauritius on September 27th at Mauritius National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Satyagan Choytun
Email: somauritiusdirector1@gmail.com
Phone: +230 5428 1857
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Mauritius National Stadium
Royal Road, Grand Retraite
Bon Accueil
MAURITIUS

ذو الحجة 15, 1435

Malawi National Games

Please join Special Olympics Malawi on October 9th at Kamuau Stadium Grounds as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Felix Chisowa
Email: somalawidirector@gmail.com
Phone: +265 999 321 885
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Kamuau Stadium Grounds
Plot BE 254
Blantyre
MALAWI


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