U.S. Ambassador Kyle Scott met with participants involved in the USAID-supported "Play Unified" project on June 14, 2017 in Pirot, Serbia.
The ambassador was welcomed at the "Mladost" special school by students, teachers, principals and Special Olympics Serbia staff.
The two-year project is taking place in 10 cities in Serbia and involves 20 mainstream and special schools. The project’s aim is to create inclusive youth activation committees that are tasked with creating school-based, youth-led inclusive sports activities.
To date, 600 youth have participated in 90 activities. Ambassador Scott heard from participants how the initiative is helping young people enjoy taking on leadership roles in fostering inclusion on and off the sports field.
At the meeting Ambassador Scott said: "Most of all, I want to thank the students. Your participation is making a difference in your colleagues’ lives, in the lives of your community members, and in your own lives.”