- European Union
Financial support from the European Union assists Special Olympics in improving the health and well-being of European citizens with intellectual disabilities. Since 2010 the European Union has given considerable funding to various sports, events, and Healthy Athletes programs across the member states.
European Union – A Committed Supporter of Special Olympics
Many major Special Olympics Games have benefited from EU funding. Events including the 2010 Special Olympics European Games in Warsaw, Poland, the 2014 Special Olympics European Games in Antwerp, Belgium, and the 2010 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece have all received considerable support from the European Union. The 2017 World Winter Games in Austria also received significant funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. Funds totaling €6.5 million were granted to Special Olympics, and the Games Organising Committee in Austria, to ensure the success of the event. The World Winter Games in Austria were one of the biggest sport and humanitarian events anywhere in the world in 2017 with more than 2,600 athletes representing 105 nations taking part. EU support played a major role in making the Special Olympics World Winter Games a success with the legacy impact from the event expected to deliver sustained awareness and support to Special Olympics development across the European Union in the years ahead.
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