Special Olympics Israel has won a prestigious award from the Wingate Institute, Israel's National Centre for Physical Education and Sport, in recognition of its contribution in transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sport and in helping to change attitudes in communities across Israel to people with intellectual disabilities.
Established in 1957, the highly respected Wingate Institute focuses on developing sport at all levels for the wellbeing and advancement of the community through educational, professional and scientific resources. 5,000 people, including academics, coaches, athletes, students and members of the public, visit and work at the Institute everyday actively promoting healthy lifestyles and sports.
Special Olympics Israel won the prestigious Wingate Award for its impact and the major contribution it has made through sport for people with intellectual disabilities in Israel both nationally and at community level. SO Israel also won acclaim from the judging committee for its work in helping to change overall attitudes in society to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Judged by an independent committee, the Wingate Awards competition was open to international individuals and organizations for projects that promote sport to help bridge social, cultural and political gaps in society.
Projects were required to meet the following criteria: Novelty and creativity; Impact and significant achievements in the relevant community; Stability of the project; Sustainability and potential for the long-term. Special Olympics Israel won in the non-profit organization category.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization providing year-round training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It serves more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 countries.
In recognition of extraordinary achievements in the field of education, sport medicine and research, the then President of Israel - the late Mr. Haim Herzog - awarded the prestigious Israel Prize to the Wingate Institute in 1989.
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