UNICEF and Special Olympics Azerbaijan sign agreement


Special Olympics Azerbaijan President Shahin Aliyev, Mark Hereward, UNICEF Azerbaijan Representative; Krzysztof Krukowski, Organizational Director, SOEE; with Special Olympics athletes Kamil and Hayale from Baku. Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Azerbaijan

UNICEF and Special Olympics Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding in creating opportunities for children with disabilities and helping to develop their full potential through sports.

On 18 May 2012 at a signing ceremony held at the press center of the Trend international news agency in Baku, Mark Hereward, UNICEF Azerbaijan Representative, said the agreement between the two organizations would serve to create an inclusive environment, bringing children with intellectual disabilities and their non-disabled peers together.

Transforming Lives through Sport

Special Olympics teams from Ganja and  Goychay region that participated in the 2012 Special Olympics European Football Week received support from UNICEF.  Special Olympics Azerbaijan Coach Natak Aliyev, said, “UNICEF provided sports equipment and helped organize local competitions.  Because of the assistance, Ganja Region has 120 new athletes.” Photographer: Krzysztof Krukowski, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia

“Working at a local level, Special Olympics Azerbaijan make significant achievements across the country, in helping people transform their lives through sport” Hereward said.  “On a personal level, I love to see the joy of all athletes participating in a Special Olympics event.”

Special Olympics Azerbaijan President Shahin Aliyev noted that the organization has been working with UNICEF since 2007, mainly on regional development of opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities.