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International Sports Press Association becomes Global Impact Partner for Special Olympics

International Sports Press Association (AIPS) announced a strategic partnership with Special Olympics that will provide media support and promote awareness of people with intellectual disabilities through AIPS media channels and national member associations by reporting on Special Olympics' athletes, events and advocacy initiatives globally. 

Press Release

Baku, Azerbaijan - Special Olympics International and the International Sports Press Association (Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive - AIPS) today announced a strategic partnership that will leverage the power of sports and media collectively to build awareness and promote inclusion, respect and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.  The official signing of the partnership agreement took place in Baku, Azerbaijan where the Executive Committee of the International Sports Press Association is holding its 77th Congress involving more than 220 delegates from 110 countries to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

As the Movement's official Global Impact Partner, the International Sports Press Association will provide vital media and awareness support to Special Olympics through AIPS media channels and national member associations through reporting of Special Olympics' athletes, events and advocacy initiatives globally. 

Mr. Gianni Merlo, President of International Sports Press Association said, "We look forward to supporting Special Olympics by helping to raise awareness of the tremendous work they do for people with intellectual disabilities across 180 countries.  Through sports they raise public awareness of the talents, skills and needs of people with intellectual disabilities. AIPS' members are committed to spread the important message of Special Olympics and to shine a light on the achievements of their athletes.  Special Olympics is a story that we will be proud to tell.  Inclusion and acceptance are values that all AIPS' journalists stand for so we are proud to play a leading role as Global Impact Partner for Special Olympics."

Janet Froetscher, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics International, said, "We are honored and grateful that the world renowned International Sports Press Association is to become our first Global Impact Partner.  The Association's commitment to help us raise awareness of the urgent work we do will help us increase visibility and accessibility to Special Olympics for millions. People with intellectual disabilities are one of the most marginalized, isolated, and neglected populations in the world. The power of the international sports media combined with the power of sport itself will see this partnership deliver real transformative change in people's lives and in attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities."


Christy White
Special Olympics International
+1 (202) 824-0307

Roslyn Morris
Sports Press Assoc.
+61 41 230 4016

About the International Sports Press Association

The Association of Sports Journalists world-wide called "The International Sports Press Association" was established in Paris, in 1924, as L'Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive. The officially approved abbreviation of the name of the Association is AIPS and its headquarters are based in Lausanne, Switzerland.  AIPS is an association of 156 National Sports Journalists' Associations worldwide, which meets regularly and within which each member association retains its autonomy and independence. A National Association is an independent, duly constituted group of professional sports journalists working in print or electronic media and professional sports photographers. Visit The International Sports Press Association at www.aipsmedia.com.

About Special Olympics International

Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports everyday around the world. Through work in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. We promote acceptance for all, and foster communities of understanding and respect.  Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than four million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics events take place every day in community playgrounds and ball fields.  With the support of more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 70,000 competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter@specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.