May 21, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

Unity from Polish Football Community for European Football Week

By Emilia Zacharska

Press conference in Warsaw to announce dedication of Ekstraklasa National Polish League matches to Special Olympics.

The Polish national football league is dedicating all of its round 35 matches (May 22nd - May 25th) taking place during European Football Week to Special Olympics. Each team will be led out by Special Olympics athletes and for the first time in Poland and second time only in Europe, the match ball will be carried out by a Special Olympics athlete. "Ekstraklasa S.A. is one of a few football leagues in Europe which promotes so strongly Special Olympics. In my opinion, our cooperation helps society to become more open and tolerant for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics athletes are showing great commitment. With such determination they can be an example for many Professional athletes," said Marcin Animucki, vice-chairman of Ekstraklasa S.A. "I’m proud that we can help people with intellectual disabilities, but I think that we also need help. We have to understand that we cannot exclude anyone from our life - said Roman Kosecki, Polish football legend & Ambassador.

About Emilia Zacharska: I am responsible for Communications at Special Olympics Poland.
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