Baku, Azerbaijan - Special Olympics International and
the International Sports Press Association (Association
Internationale de la Presse Sportive - AIPS) today announced a
strategic partnership that will leverage the power of sports and
media collectively to build awareness and promote inclusion,
respect and acceptance for people with intellectual
disabilities. The official signing of the partnership
agreement took place in Baku, Azerbaijan where the Executive
Committee of the International Sports Press Association is holding
its 77th Congress involving more than 220 delegates
from 110 countries to celebrate its 90th
As the Movement's official Global Impact
Partner, the International Sports Press Association will
provide vital media and awareness support to Special Olympics
through AIPS media channels and national member associations
through reporting of Special Olympics' athletes, events and
advocacy initiatives globally.
Mr. Gianni Merlo, President of International Sports Press
Association said, "We look forward to supporting Special Olympics
by helping to raise awareness of the tremendous work they do for
people with intellectual disabilities across 180 countries.
Through sports they raise public awareness of the talents, skills
and needs of people with intellectual disabilities. AIPS' members
are committed to spread the important message of Special Olympics
and to shine a light on the achievements of their athletes.
Special Olympics is a story that we will be proud to tell.
Inclusion and acceptance are values that all AIPS' journalists
stand for so we are proud to play a leading role as Global Impact
Partner for Special Olympics."
Janet Froetscher, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics
International, said, "We are honored and grateful that the world
renowned International Sports Press Association is to become our
first Global Impact Partner. The Association's commitment to
help us raise awareness of the urgent work we do will help us
increase visibility and accessibility to Special Olympics for
millions. People with intellectual disabilities are one of the most
marginalized, isolated, and neglected populations in the world. The
power of the international sports media combined with the power of
sport itself will see this partnership deliver real transformative
change in people's lives and in attitudes towards people with