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June 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Children join national football team in Sarajevo in show of solidarity for flood victims

By Kada Delic Selimovic

National Football team players join 100 children for a day of solidarity to honor victims of the floods.

In Sarajevo, Special Olympics athletes were among the 100 children who joined professional football players from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for an “All in One Place” match on 24 May, 2014. Children, with and without intellectual disabilities, came from schools, centers and associations, many that had been destroyed or damaged by the recent flooding in the country. The match was organized to demonstrate that there are no differences among children and it was a way to pay tribute to the flood victims. “Children are our most sincere supporters and at the World Cup we want to draw attention to the problems faced by children with disabilities particularly in this emergency situation,” said national team captain Emir Spahic. Those who joined Spahic included UNICEF Ambassador and footballer Edin Dzeko and Special Olympics Ambassador for BiH and footballer Asmir Begovic. The event was supported by UNICEF, the Youth Sports Games, the BiH Football Federation, Special Olympics BiH and others.

About Kada Delic Selimovic: Kada Delic Selimovic is National Director of Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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