The prestigous Ligue 1
football club are the first Club Ambassador for Special Olympics
OGC Nice player, Timothée Kolodziejczak, has some fun with Special Olympics athletes at the official announcement.
Power of Football
OGC Nice is delighted to announce that it has
become the first Club Ambassador for Special Olympics France. Within this role
OGC Nice will use the power of football to promote respect, acceptance and
inclusion of young people and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The club commitment includes making available their first class facilities for
Special Olympics training sessions and to also help recruite and train the
Special Olympics team to represent France in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games to be
celebrated in Los Angeles, USA.
The Club are also preparing to
dedicate a match during the 2014 or 2015 season to “The Road to Los Angeles” and
in support of all of the 24,000 Special Olympics athletes in France. OGC Nice
will also seek to involve supporters, coaches and partners as part of the
promotion of inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in sport.
“It is estimated that only 1 in 500 children with intellectual
disability are given the chance to play football due to being seen by their
peers as being ‘different’ or ‘without ability,’” says Mary Davis, Regional
President of Special Olympics France. “Partnership with OGC Nice will help
create opportunities for Special Olympics athletes in France and transform the
way communities and groups think and act in regard to disability.”
OGC Nice joins a strong team of other first division clubs who are Club
Ambassadors for Special Olympics including: Serie A Champions Inter Milan, UK
Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, Brazil’s Corinthians FC and the Republic
of Ireland National team.
Also Special Olympics is supported by
football greats such as Kaka, Osvaldo (Ossie) Ardiles, Dani Alves, Zico,
Romario, Teofilo Cubillas, David James, Doris Fitschen and Christine Lilly.
Special Olympics is partnered by FIFA and the Football Confederations.
About OGC Nice
Olympique Gymnaste Club
Nice Côte d'Azur is a French association football club based in Nice. The club
was founded in 1904 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top-tier of French
football. OGC Nice is one of the founding members of the French First Soccer
Division and its name hangs in the Hall of fame of French Football.
Club has earned four League titles in France, three Coupes de France, four
titles in Division 2, a Challenge of Champions and a Gambardella Cup.
Nice plays its home matches at the Allianz Riviera and is managed by Claude Puel
and captained by midfielder Didier Digard. For more information visit www.ogcnice.com