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Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Organize Mongolia’s First Special Olympics Competition

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Peace Corps volunteer James Busacca of Valley Center, California, recently helped organize Mongolia’s inaugural Special Olympics National Competition for more than 150 children and adults with intellectual disabilities—14 of whom will represent Mongolia at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. The competition was coordinated between Special Olympics Mongolia and four local special needs schools to give the athletes an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities while increasing awareness. “There is a lack of public dialogue around intellectual disabilities in Mongolia, which can lead to stigmas and misconceptions,” said Busacca. “The competition allowed the athletes to compete and have fun but was also an educational opportunity for the general public.” Special Olympics Mongolia was established in 2013 and the National Competition was the first opportunity for Mongolians to compete in an official Special Olympics event as an accredited program.

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I am the Director for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.