On a recent trip to Estonia, David Evangelista, President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia had the opportunity to meet Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and discuss Special Olympics Estonia’s development into the future.
"I hope that Estonia can serve as an example to other Baltic nations on how to integrate Special Olympics athletes into the community. We are here to help this organisation to grow to the next level," Mr Evangelista explained.
Special Olympics Estonia athlete Artur Pool also joined the meeting, sharing his passion for basketball with the Prime Minister as well as his experience of competing in World Winter Games last year. Artur’s father described the huge impact Special Olympics has had on his son’s life – his training has helped him to lose weight and feel better in himself.
During the visit to Tallinn, Mr Evangelista also met Estonian Minister of Culture, Indrek Saar, US Ambassador James D. Melville and Ragnar Lõivukene and Raivo Kokser of the Lions Club.