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June 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Kyrgyz Republic

Youths come together as competitors and friends in Kyrgyz Republic during Football Week

By Krzysztof Krukowski

Unified partners receive information about the importance of inclusive activities as part of Football Week.

Throughout Special Olympics Football Week, young people with and without disabilities came together as competitors and friends in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. In addition to action on the pitch, students and teachers took part in discussions on the importance of Special Olympics, the value of friendship, and the development of plans on how young people can create inclusive environments. Several youth leaders were also identified. These gatherings, held between 30 April and 17 May, 2014 were part of an introduction to the Project Unify concept. Activities culminated in a Unified football match on 17 May with students from the Sports Academy serving as volunteers. The events were made possible thanks to A Very Special Christmas Record grant.

About Krzysztof Krukowski : Krzysztof Krukowski is Director, Organizational Development, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia and works with Special Olympics Kyrgyz Republic.

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