Global Athlete Congress & World Tennis Invitational

Global Athletes Congress: Leaders for Inclusion
12-16 November, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Special Olympics World Tennis Invitational
9-17 November, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Global Ambassadors and youth leaders gather for a group photo in the Dominican Republic sitting on the stairs inside a building with plants on either side of the group.
The Special Olympics ' Global Athletes Congress is serving as a platform where Special Olympics athletes lead the way to a more inclusive world.
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Split screen of SO Germany and SO representatives at Special Olympics World Tennis Invitational in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic talking to one another and announcing Special Olympics 2023 will be held in Berlin, Germany.
Johanna Pramstaller, Special Olympics Austria, was excited to announce that the 2023 World Games will be held in Berlin, Germany.
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Rafael Nadal’s Message to Athletes
World tennis champion Rafael Nadal sent this video messages for all of the players taking part in the Special Olympics World Tennis Invitational in the Dominican Republic.
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A female athlete leader holds a microphone as she talks at an event. People in the background listen to her.
Special Olympics, in partnership with Kantar, conducted research on the role of attitudes in promoting inclusion in friendships, communities, health, education, and jobs.
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Ken Melvin speaking in an interview.
Ken Melvin, a Special Olympics athlete from Russellville, Indiana, will participate in this year’s Global Athlete Congress as a member of the North America Athlete Input Council.
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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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Europe (arms raised in the air): Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Athlete Input Council had their annual meeting where they provided input to the regional leadership and determined their goals for 2019.
The Global Athlete Congress is a 6-day leadership development event held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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