Europe/Eurasia

Honorable Fabian Picardo standing behind a podium and speaking
It was a spring day full of celebration for the athletes of Special Olympics Gibraltar when their magnificent new Sports Complex officially opened on 27 February.
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FC Shakhtar footballers Andriy Pyatov and Danylo Sikan are moved by the “heroism” of Special Olympics athletes, parents and coaches as they visit the award-winning ‘Come on, Play!’ project in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
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Special Woman Awards illuminated on a projection screen in the front of a hall with people sitting in the foreground.
In recognition for her leadership and passion, and her proven record in expanding the reach of the Special Olympics movement across Belgium, Zehra Sayin, CEO, Special Olympics Belgium, was awarded the 2020 Special Woman Award at the recent Belgian Sport Women Awards ceremony in Brussels, Belgium on Friday, 6 March 2020.
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Group of 5 representatives and an athlete standing side by side for a group photo.
Speaking alongside Special Olympics Europe Eurasia President and Managing Director, David Evangelista at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Gerald underlined Special Olympics’ ongoing efforts to engage refugee and migrant youth—of all abilities—across the world and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between both organisations.
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Israeli Hapoel Haifa team, a mascot, and Special Olympics athletes hold up a banner on the pitch before the championship football game starts.
One very special day in late 2019, a group of athletes from Special Olympics Israel had the experience of a lifetime. They escorted the players of Hapoel Haifa onto the pitch ahead of a national championship match!
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Group of six people standing next to signage that reads: Transforming lives through sports.
A very warm welcome awaited representatives of Special Olympics when ESPN UK’s head office in London opened its doors for a special one-hour “Meet and Greet” session with the members of their staff in early February.
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Two young man standing side by side, the young man on the right is waving to someone off camera.
In 2019, Isak Langfors and Olle Ekman from Uppsala in Sweden had a simple dream—to ensure that young people with intellectual disabilities in their city could experience the joy of football.
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Gaining Confidence with Micheline
In finding inclusion, Micheline also found confidence and independence.
Speed Skater in all black with a yellow helmet preparing to skate.
On 1 February 2020, 300 remarkable athletes from 20 different countries gathered in Åre and Östersund for the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games.
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Jonathan Clutterbuck holding up his medal.
One thing that’s clear during the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020 is the powerful sense of comradery: everyone seemed to cheer everyone else on.
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