Mary Davis, Regional President of Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia has welcomed the platform for Special Olympics at UEFA EURO 2012 adding: “Here is the opportunity for millions across Europe to understand, appreciate and enjoy the skills, determination and courage of our athletes with intellectual disabilities and to witness firsthand how the joy of football can transform lives. We are really excited about the opportunity and are confident it will help drive more athletes, volunteers and coaches to the Special Olympics movement.”
Other RESPECT Inclusion initiatives included access information to be provided to disabled fans and visitors by the means of a tailor-made guide. Funds for future inclusion initiatives will be raised through the UEFA EURO 2012 Tournament charity project. This project encourages football supporters and other benefactors to make a financial contribution for upcoming projects with UEFA paving the way by committing to donate €3,000 for each goal scored during the Tournament.
UEFA’s ongoing RESPECT campaign tackles some of Europe’s key social issues before, during and after UEFA EURO 2012 through various initiatives grouped under the four headings of RESPECT Diversity, RESPECT Fan Culture, RESPECT Your Health and RESPECT Inclusion. UEFA has made a financial contribution to the campaign totalling €3 million. For more visit: http://www.uefa.com/uefa/socialresponsibility/respect/index.htmlAbout UEFA
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative and controlling body for European Association Football, Futsal and Beach Soccer. UEFA represents the majority of national football associations in Europe, runs national and club competitions and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. UEFA is the biggest of six continental confederations of FIFA. The organization was founded on June 15th 1954 in Basel, Switzerland following discussions between French, Italian and Belgium Football Clubs. The headquarters of the organization are in Bern, Switzerland.