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Special Olympics Nepal Marks Earthquake Anniversary

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One year after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, our Special Olympics Program is rebuilding and looking to the future. Our athletes have been helping with relief efforts, including preparing earthquake relief kits that were personally delivered to families in remote areas hardest hit by the April 25, 2015, quake. Dr. Jyoti Sherchan, Chairman of Special Olympics Nepal, says the supplies included vital emergency equipment and home repair tools, plus a special gift: sports balls to replace those lost in the disaster. This raised spirits and, of course, led to memorable Unified bocce and football games (shown here). Special Olympics Nepal also worked to keep the power of sport alive by hosting a three-nation, five-a-side football tournament just outside Katmandu. This ambitious event happened with help from FIFA along with support from neighboring Special Olympics Programs. The two-day Football for Hope competition brought together athletes from Bharat (India), Pakistan and Nepal. The international tournament showed how -- in the face of many challenges -- Special Olympics Nepal was able to ensure that our athletes continue to get opportunities to compete.

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