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September 11, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Department of State EMPOWER Program Participants Visit Special Olympics

By Emily Klinger

This past June, Special Olympics hosted a group of teachers with hearing impairments from Uganda in the headquarters office in Washington, DC. Special Olympics staff gave a presentation focused on Unified Sports, a program for teams made up of people with and without intellectual disabilities. In addition to their visit to the Special Olympics office, the group participated in a softball practice with Special Olympics Virginia. This proved to be a highlight of the Ugandans' visit - not only did they get a chance to see the Special Olympics Movement in action, but they also learned a new sport! The teachers had many questions about Unified Sports, noting that there are few opportunities for their students to play sports and even fewer opportunities to interact with children without disabilities. The teachers returned to Uganda eager to connect with the country Program to become coaches and recruit their students as Special Olympics athletes. The group traveled to the United States on the Department of State EMPOWER Program, with support from Global Deaf Connection.

About Emily Klinger: Senior Manager, Strategic Investments

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