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Middle East - North Africa

Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa is one of the Special Olympics’ global seven regions. Comprising 22 Arab states, along with Iran,  Special Olympics in the Middle East-North Africa region has been flourishing throughout the past several years. The region managed to increase the number of its athletes from 20,000 in 2001 up to 150,000 in 2013.

Cairo was host to the 2014 regional games. Read more
My Daughter ... My Teacher Read their Story
In the 24th of September EKS Day was celebrated around the region See Slideshow
SOMENA Results in the World Summer Games Athens 2011. See Results

Stories from Middle East-North Africa


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 11, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Special Campaign for Special athletes under the slogan “Know & encourage them”

By Noha Gaballa

Inviting people to know and encourage the athletes participating in SO WSG in LA 2015

A group of Egyptian youngsters organized an awareness campaign aimed at promoting a sense of community and common identity that provides an environment in which Special Olympics athletes and their families can develop a more supportive and welcoming community that believes in inclusion, acceptance, respect and human dignity.View Story A group of Egyptian youngsters organized an awareness campaign aimed at promoting a sense of community and common identity that provides an environment in which Special Olympics athletes and their families can develop a more supportive and welcoming community that believes in inclusion, acceptance, respect and human dignity. The idea of the campaign is to support the athletes participating in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles from 25 July- 2 August as they were very excited that LA 2015 is fast approaching and they want to invite all people to get involved and be a supporter. They made banners with photos and names of the athletes on and spread it in the big malls, stores, clubs and on different social media channels saying Just know and encourage the champions. Let’s start..Let’s change the world and spread the word and show you are a fan and supporter, said the group of youth.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Staff
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June 25, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Morocco

Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Athletes in action

By Noha Gaballa

Every day, all around the Middle-East North Africa region, Special Olympics athletes train and strive as they train for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles from 25 July- 2 August 2015.View Story Every day, all around the Middle-East North Africa region, Special Olympics athletes train and strive as they train for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles from 25 July- 2 August 2015. The Special Olympics athletes in the MENA region prepare through daily intense, focused physical and psychological training. They also attend training camps to prepare themselves to communicate to the whole world their abilities and talents. Also the coaches play a crucial role to determine the ideal training plan to make the athletes reach their peak performance just as the games occurs. On the other side they motivate athletes to give their best and showcase all their skills & magic power. Both Special Olympics athletes and coaches are really dedicated and they work very hard to reach their goal and amaze the world in Los Angeles.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: SO MENA Staff
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June 25, 2015 | North America: Southern California

U.S. First Lady Joins LA2015 Opening Ceremony

By Steven Vanderpool

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year.View Story The 2015 Special Olympics World Games (LA2015) is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year. The First Lady of the United States serves as an honorary co-chair of the World Games with President Barack Obama. "The First Lady's attendance complemented by the diversity of these talented performers will make the Opening Ceremony an extraordinary moment for Los Angeles and for the Special Olympics movement," said LA2015 President and CEO Patrick McClenahan. "We look forward to sharing the excitement of the Opening Ceremony with millions of people worldwide."

About Steven Vanderpool:I am Senior Vice President, Communications and Media Operations, for Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.
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June 23, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Syria

Special Olympics Middle- East North Africa Athletes in action

By Noha Gaballa

Every day, all around the Middle-East North Africa region, Special Olympics athletes train and strive as they train for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles from 25 July- 2 August 2015.View Story Every day, all around the Middle-East North Africa region, Special Olympics athletes train and strive as they train for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer games in Los Angeles from 25 July- 2 August 2015. The Special Olympics athletes in the MENA region prepare through daily intense, focused physical and psychological training. They also attend training camps to prepare themselves to communicate to the whole world their abilities and talents. Also the coaches play a crucial role to determine the ideal training plan to make the athletes reach their peak performance just as the games occurs. On the other side they motivate athletes to give their best and showcase all their skills & magic power. Both Special Olympics athletes and coaches are really dedicated and they work very hard to reach their goal and amaze the world in Los Angeles.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa, Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa staff writer
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Oct 26, 2015

Gymnastics, Volleyball and Speedball Head Coaches Seminar

During October 26-28 Special Olympics will be hosting a gymnastics, volleyball and speedball coaching seminar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This seminar will provide training athlete conditioning, sports skills development and sports rules.
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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
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