Africa

Special Olympics leaders and representatives in a group photo in Africa. A Unified Sports banners is in the background, a country flag is in the foreground.
The Local Organizing Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has announced the 11 Sub-Saharan African nations participating in the World Games held on 14-19 March 2019. A workshop to educate the new member nations on the Games’ values of inclusion and tolerance took place in Nairobi, Kenya. The Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world with more than 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches from more than 176 nations.
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Two instructors are outside of the pool jumping and a group of athletes are inside of the pool jumping, training with resistance.
Special Olympics Senegal’s athletes are training hard for summer sports in Dakar, with weekly Sunday morning sessions such as these.
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Ephraim experiencing sitting in a wheel chair surrounded by para-olympians. An athlete on either side of him is holding a basketball.
Ephraim Mohlakane is demonstrating the true power of inclusion by stepping up as a leader outside of the Special Olympics community.
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athletes standing on the street in a group in Senegal.
Watch as this year’s Special Olympics Senegal athletes prepare for the World Games 2019 Abu Dhabi at training camp, held from 31 August – 2 September 2018 in Mbour.
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Meet the 8 newest members of the Special Olympics Africa Region’s Input Council Clockwise from top left) Jimmy Masina, Joyce Ramabusa, Brightfield Shadi, Yannick Tano, Tomiwa Adeyemo, Al Sayyed Curumthaullee, Boniface Kimeu, and Nyasha Derera.
The newest members of Africa Region’s Athlete Input Council were elected recently and represent a diverse array of nations.
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Female tennis athlete jumping up in the air for joy. She's holding her racquet in her left hand, has a white tennis skirt and a yellow Special Olympics t-shirt.
Athletes Mphatso Chiphwanya and Bridget Kaunda from Malawi, Africa will be competing in this year’s Special Olympics World Tennis Invitational.
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Nyasha Derera sitting at a formal event wearing a dinner jacket, red bow tie, and inspirational pins on his lapel. He's smiling and giving a thumbs up.
Nyasha Derera, from Special Olympics Zimbabwe, has been selected as Africa Region’s representative in the class of 2019–2023 Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers.
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Participants from the Africa Region and Special Olympics International representatives pose for a group photo. Special Olympics 50th anniversary banners stand on either side of the groups back row.
Youth from SO Africa Programs came together to exchange informative and creative strategies on how to increase youth engagement and involvement in Special Olympics at the very first Youth Activation Conference.
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Group of Special Olympics family, friends, unified athletes, and athletes standing in a semi circle and looking up for a photo. Everyone is wearing a red short sleeve Special Olympics t-shirt.
Participants at the Special Olympics Africa Sibling and Family Workshop speak about the important role siblings play.
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