Europe Eurasia

Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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Stories from Europe-Eurasia


September 17, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

European Parliament hosting Special Olympics Youth Leaders

By Agnieszka Krukowska, Youth Activation Coordinator, SOEE

Youth Leaders presenting recommendations for inclusion through sport in the European Parliament in Brussels

European Youth Activation Summit brings together 50 Youth Leaders from 11 Special Olympics programs across Europe/Eurasia during Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium.View Story European Youth Activation Summit brings together 50 Youth Leaders from 11 Special Olympics programs across Europe/Eurasia during Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium. It's been a gathering for future - discussions, plans and recommendations for inclusion through sport. During 5 days of workshop sessions youth leaders identified needs and challenges that young people are still facing with regards to inclusion in sport clubs, schools, leisure clubs and others. As a result, they have developed recommendations which were presented to the European Parliament on Tuesday. Now it’s time to go back home and inspire youth from their local communities. Exciting plans and projects ahead of us! If you want to hear more about our teams, please see: http://eyas2014.wordpress.com/.

About Agnieszka Krukowska, Youth Activation Coordinator, SOEE:I am SOEE staff member working in the field of Youth Activation and Project Unify.
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September 17, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Rob Vanoudenhoven visits Unified Cooking

By Charlotte Vanhaevermaet

Rob Vanoudenhoven and Viki Geunes

Wednesday afternoon, Rob Vanoudenhoven paid a visit to the Olympic Town in Antwerp. There he got to meet chef Viki Geunes.View Story Celebrity Ambassador to the Games Rob Vanoudenhoven paid a visit to the Olympic Town in Antwerp. There he met top chef Viki Geunes. “There exists a resemblance between the sports field and the kitchen. Both in field and kitchen you work in a team and it really satisfies you when you obtain a great result,' said Geunes. “Lots of people tend to turn heads when they see someone with an intellectual or physical disability. It happens too often that people with a disability are trying to prove what they cannot do, instead of focusing on the things they can do," Vanoudenhoven says. Rob Vanoudenhoven wants to make a warm appeal to everybody: “It is now time for absolute inclusion and acceptance of people with an intellectual disability in our society. When do people with a disability get their chance? Media attention for Unified Cooking is great, but it can be better! It has to become a way of living."

About Charlotte Vanhaevermaet:I am Charlotte Vanhaevermaet I am a volunterr contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study Multilingual Professional Communications.
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September 17, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Viki Geunes cooks in Olympic Town

By Charlotte Vanhaevermaet

Today Viki Geunes hosted the Olympic Town in Antwerp today. He cooked together with people with an intellectual disability.View Story Today Viki Geunes hosted the Olympic Town in Antwerp today. He cooked together with people with an intellectual disability. Viki Geunes is very excited about the initiative that takes place at Steen, Antwerp: “Unified Cooking benefits everybody. There is a major difference between real experience in cooking and theoretical skills. This way up-and-coming cooks can share ideas and learn from each other”. “Intellectual disabilities are no distant scenery anymore. It is favourable that steps are being taken to launch them into the media. When I received the offer to be a part of the Unified Cooking team, I immediately jumped into it”, Geunes says. According to Geunes everyone arrived very prepared at the Olympic Town. “By Unified Cooking, people with intellectual disabilities receive attention from other people than their families. It is heart-warming to see how they open up themselves to others.”

About Charlotte Vanhaevermaet:I am Charlotte Vanhaevermaet, contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study Multilingual Professional Communications.
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September 16, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

EurActiv spreads message of Special Olympics far and wide

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics Cyprus athlete reaches for the stars on the podium after winning Gold in cycling!

This week EurActiv has shown to be a true friend to Special Olympics and we are thrilled! Through its coverage of the 2014 European Summer Games in Antwerp, Special Olympics has reached new heights across Europe.View Story EurActiv, the European Media Network present in 12 EU capitals, publishes free EU news in 12 languages. With 2.8+ million page views and 660,524 ‘unique visitors’ per month, EurActiv is the leading online media network on EU affairs. This week EurActiv has shown to be a true friend to Special Olympics and we are thrilled! Through its coverage of the 2014 European Summer Games in Antwerp, Special Olympics has reached new heights across Europe. EurActiv has been covering the European Games solidly since the Flame of Hope was welcomed on Belgian soil by His Majesty King Filip of Belgium and Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo on Tuesday September 9th. With 660,523 average monthly unique visitors across EurActiv websites the message of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities is reaching a massive audience. We’d like to share with you the news, interviews, opinion pieces and videos that EurActiv has produced about Special Olympics this week. Please enjoy!

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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September 16, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Learning has never been so much fun! Young Athletes @Antwerp 2014

By Maureen Rabbitt

Young Athletes also aims to educate the public about the skills of children with intellectual disabilities.

Antwerp Expo was filled with the sound of children's laughter and fun at the Young Athletes demonstration on Monday, Sept 15th.View Story Antwerp Expo was filled with the sound of children's laughter and fun at the Young Athletes demonstration on Monday, Sept 15th. Volleyball legend Vanja Grbic and Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver were there to enjoy but they would definitely agree the real stars of the day where the 20 young Belgium athletes all under the age of 8. Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children ages 2 1/2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics. The children learn new things, play and have lots of fun! Parents say their children in Young Athletes also develop better social skills. The confidence boost makes it easier for them to play and talk with other children on the playground and elsewhere.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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Sep 20 - 21 2014

Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament

Join us on September 20-21 at the Atlas Arena in Lódz, Poland during the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Men’s World Championship where athletes and unified partners from Special Olympics Poland will compete in a Unified volleyball match just before the final. Hope to see you there!
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Krzysztof Krukowski
Email: kkrukowski@specialolympics.org
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Atlas Arena
Lódz, Poland
POLAND


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