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By East Asia Staff
There was one conference that we hosted that changed my life completely. That conference was Special Olympics. Every time I talk about this I just get so excited because it was such an empowering experience.
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Romy Bertemes, Barbara Oehl (Ecole Privée Sainte-Anne, Luxembourg)
Antonela Balbo and Delfina Sponda
Delfina and Antonela of Buenos Aires, Argentina took part in a Unified Athletics tournament held at their school. After the event they both agreed that it was a very enriching and mobilizing experience for them.
I love watching our Selkirk College CCSW (Classroom and Community Support Worker) program students move into valued roles as fund raisers, coaches and fans!
Agnieszka Krukowska, Youth Activation Coordinator, SOEE
We are excited to announce that Special Olympics Project UNIFY has appointed six new members to the National Youth Activation Committee.
Lovin' Scoopful, a support of Special Olympics, has chosen a New Jersey teen as its national Lovin' Award winner. The award recognizes young visionaries who are committed to and involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion, and personal connections between people with and without differences.
Maryorie Patiño Jaén
I've only been in Meet in the Middle for a little over a year and I've not only made a difference in their lives (athletes) but they've made a difference in mine. They've turned my whole life around and on the right course.
The White House has announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host "A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation" at the White House on the evening of 31 July.
This summer my daughter volunteered to be a videographer at special Olympics and I came along as her assistant. I am always touched by the amount of love from the parents and athletes.
Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is going to be launched in China as part of public diplomacy efforts between the US and China. Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities.
This year I participated in Project Unify and pledged to stop using the R-Word. I am now part of a group at my school that has organized a Respect Month.
Me and my sister and friend volunteer with Special Olympics. We have been doing this for almost 4 years now. Not only are the athletes my friends, i consider them my family.
Chances are you’ve heard someone use the r-word. Whether it was a just a joke or an intentional insult, it’s never OK to use the word. While medical professionals used to use mental retardation as a diagnosis, it’s now outdated.
Caitlin Oglitree via Leslie Daly ( SOHC Volleyball Coordinator)
My friend's mom came to my school to talk about the effects of the R-word. Everyone at my school was very inspired and we took this pledge to make the world a better place. I have met man
My name is Xavier and I am 11. The R word affects me because my sister is disabled. But she is learning and I love her because she is my sister no matter what.
Ms Dolapo Adedapo
Young people from Sinan Tafaj and Sami Frasheri mainstream schools joined Special Olympics Albania athletes for their first inclusive experience on 20-21 March 2014 in Tirana.