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The 2016 Israeli Sports Ministry Awards ceremony

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Tal Hof & Shay Ben-Zaken during the awards ceremony
On January 3th, two oSpecial Olympics Israel athletes were honored for outstanding performances in 2016 with the “Israeli Sports Award". The athletes were Tal Hof, for bowling, and Shay Ben-Zaken, for basketball. It has been, by far, the most important and significant award ever to include Special Olympics athletes. The ceremony was very emotional for the athletes, their families and our movement. The biggest achievement, as we see it, was the fact that our athletes were awarded with the same awards as the other athletes. There was no "special" ceremony for us - we were there as equal. Sports Minister Miri Regev represented the government. There were many other Israeli sports officials and celebrities presenting the awards to the athletes. Before the introduction of the awards, a short video clip about Special Olympics Israel was shown. This is indeed a wonderful achievement and a milestone in the recognition of our athletes on an equal playing field. It is, no doubt, a wonderful recognition for the Special Olympics program in Israel.

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Watch video of the awards ceremony