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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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February 20, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

LA Galaxy and Special Olympics Ireland footballers reach up!

By Fiona Hynes

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane turned a training session into a field of dreams for Special Olympics Ireland footballers yesterday.View Story LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane turned a training session into a field of dreams for Special Olympics Ireland footballers yesterday. The Irish football captain, who is in Dublin to face Shamrock Rovers this weekend, invited the athletes to a skills session where they got to meet several of the LA Galaxy players. This is the second time Keane has trained with the athletes. The football legend and his wife Claudine are supporting the 88 Irish athletes heading to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. He is urging the country to get behind them and help raise the €440,000 target to fund the trip. Full details of Special Olympics Ireland Support An Athlete campaign can be found at the link below.

About Fiona Hynes:I am responsible for Communications at Special Olympics Ireland.
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February 17, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Germany

Wheels in Motion for Greater Awareness of Special Olympics Across Germany

By Tom Hauthal

The Special Olympics brand will literally cover the length and breath of Germany spreading a message of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story The Special Olympics brand will literally cover the length and breath of Germany spreading a message of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. An articulated lorry that clocks 20,000 km a month is carrying the image of Special Olympics Germany athletes Nadine Stein and Kevin Eschler alongside retired biathlete & Olympian Magdalena Neuner. Magdalena is the most successful woman of all time at Biathlon World Championships. The lorry driver, Bernhard Doppner says "I am very proud to promote Special Olympics as I drive across the country." The articulated lorry is owned by Truck Company a client of Special Olympics Germany partners Wurth, worldwide wholesalers of fasteners, screws and screw accessories.

About Tom Hauthal:I am head of Communications at Special Olympics Germany
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February 17, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Hungary

Tennis Legend Martina Hingis Plays Unified with Special Olympics Athletes in Hungary

By Orsolya Kárpáti

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Two Special Olympics Hungary athletes preparing to compete in the World Summer Games in Los Angeles this Summer had the unique opportunity to learn from an eight-times Grand Slam winner, Martina Hingis.View Story Two Special Olympics Hungary athletes preparing to compete in the World Summer Games in Los Angeles this Summer had the unique opportunity to learn from an eight-times Grand Slam winner, Martina Hingis. Eva Begovics and Zsombor Kelemen played with Martina Hingis alongside other Special Olympics athletes as part of Hungary Tennis Day celebrations organised by teh Hungarian Tennis Association. Martina travelled to Hungary especially for the event and played with five Special Olympics Hungary tennis players including Eva Begovics and Zsombor Keleman. After the event all athletes received two new tennis racquets thanks to event sponsors: Wilson. Kata Sebestyén, technical coordinator of SO Hungary and Sports Advisor of SOEE as well as Agi Szavay, Tennis Sports Ambassador for SO Hungary helped make the dream come true for the athletes.

About Orsolya Kárpáti :I am proud to work for Special Olympics Hungary.
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February 16, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

For Coaches: Volleyball as a Unified Sport

By Maureen Rabbitt

A new Unified Sports® Volleyball Coaching Video is now available. Designed for use in coach education seminar with specific chapter headings, the video can also be viewed by itself.View Story A new Unified Sports® Volleyball Coaching Video is now available. Designed for use in coach education seminar with specific chapter headings, the video can also be viewed by itself. This guide was made possible through the support of the European Union. A huge thanks to all who contributed to this video: Special Olympics programmes, internal and external volleyball coaches and experts, representatives of national volleyball federations and volleyball clubs as well as others. Please contact Sabine Menke SMenke@specialolympics.org if you have any questions. We encourage you to translate this video into your local language and can provide script and images on request. All feedback is welcome!

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am the Communications & Brand Director for Special Olympics in the Europe/Eurasia Region.
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February 13, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

Creating the next Unified Generation

By Maureen Rabbitt

Youth leaders gathered from Romania, Austria, Italy and Serbia.

Special Olympics youth activists with and without intellectual disabilities gathered in Vienna, Austria to learn about how they can be the change they want to see in the world.View Story Special Olympics youth activists with and without intellectual disabilities gathered in Vienna, Austria to learn about how they can be the change they want to see in the world. Special Olympics is working to inspire and mobilize a powerful and unified generation of young people to fight real and big problems in the world – inactivity, intolerance and injustice. This generation will come to embody the principles of our movement that will shape the world into one in which respect, tolerance and human equality prevail. We are all now full of energy to drive Unified Youth Activation to the next level! A special thanks to our Youth leaders for paving the way to new workshop approaches engaging youths from the start and not only as an “outcome” of a project. The Austrian hospitality was so good we can't wait for World Winter Games 2017!

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at SOEE.
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