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Soccerex and Special Olympics: Bringing International Footballers Together

Man and woman shaking hands on stange in front of a Special Olympics presentation.

Special Olympics and Soccerex signed a global partnership agreement during SoccerexUSA 2019 in Miami, Florida. Soccerex is the leading business to business event provider for the global football industry. This partnership will help build other partnerships with football federations, coaching associations, professional leagues and teams, and media outlets to communicate our message. The message of how we use sport to bring footballers with and without intellectual disabilities together as teammates to build friendships and promote social inclusion on and off the pitch.

“Special Olympics is delighted to initiate a partnership with Soccerex to demonstrate how the platform of the world’s most popular sport can be used to positively transform lives and foster social inclusion on and off the pitch. No one is better at convening the football industry leaders together than Soccerex and Special Olympics is grateful for the enthusiastic embrace of our movement and opening the doors of this influential network to support our efforts.”
Jon-Paul St. Germain, Senior Director of Sport Partnerships at Special Olympics

This partnership will benefit the more than 1.6 million Special Olympics footballers and 300,000 Unified Football athletes and partners in the 217 programs around the globe. In 2018, the first Special Olympics Unified Cup was held with 24 Unified Football teams competing on the global stage. Partnering with Soccerex will allow more Unified Football players opportunities like the Unified Cup.

To learn more about Soccerex and Special Olympics partnership, contact Jon-Paul St. Germain.

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