Europe/Eurasia Region
A large group of athletes and Special Olympics representatives stand in a circle clapping with joyful expressions on their faces.
Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. From Iceland to Israel, from Portugal to Siberia, Russia, Special Olympics athletes and supporters are dedicated to promoting respect, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

Stories from Europe/Eurasia
A cut-out photo of two female footballers high-fiving with colourful graphics in the background.
‘Keep Up With the Girls’ is a brand new European Union-supported project aimed at getting women and girls with and without intellectual disabilities (ID) involved in football.
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This year, from 25 May to 2 June, 40,000 participants across 50 countries will take part in 450 events.
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First photo: A woman in a colourful top smiles at the camera and holds up a parcel wrapped in blue paper with flowers. There are spools of ribbon and wrapping paper in the background. Second photo: A woman wearing sunglasses, a t-shirt and a skirt swings her tennis racket towards a tennis ball. She is standing on a blue tennis court.
She’s a gift-shop assistant, a nursing-home volunteer—and a Special Olympics gold medallist!
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Photo 1: A man standing in a kitchen wearing an apron and medals around his neck smiles at the camera. Photo 2: A man wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap, t-shirt and shorts swings his tennis racket with a crowd of spectators in the  background.
Thanks to his talent and hard work, Joshua turned a temp job into a permanent contract—working for Ajax Football Club!
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A man in a red football kit with his back to the camera kicks a football towards the net and a goalkeeper in yellow.
Special Olympics Belgium athletes and refugees who are living in Belgium came together to demonstrate the power of inclusion at a recent Special Olympics Unified Football Competition in Brussels.
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Two women sit among a group of children all wearing matching blue t-shirts.
Katelyn Garbin from Oslo, Norway has grown from a talented young Special Olympics gymnast into Head Coach of the Norwegian Rhythmic Gymnastics team.
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