Netherlands

Athlete Federico Correzzola on the Special Olympics Italy Smart Games banner.
With the world in lockdown over the past months, Special Olympics programmes across Europe Eurasia were forced to cancel or postpone activities to protect the health of athletes and their families.
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Screen shots of the Scoor je PR! app.
Not knowing the disruption and destruction that the Coronavirus was to cause, in late 2019, the Special Olympics Netherlands team began developing an app to support athletes to stay fit and healthy at home.
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Lize sitting behind the FOX sports news desk with her hands on her hips and smiling.
It’s not every day at work that you hear from a gold-medallist who commands crowds of 64,000 people—no wonder the staff of FOX Sports Netherlands were so inspired by Special Olympics Netherlands Athlete Leader, Lize Weerdenburg!
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First photo: A woman in a colourful top smiles at the camera and holds up a parcel wrapped in blue paper with flowers. There are spools of ribbon and wrapping paper in the background. Second photo: A woman wearing sunglasses, a t-shirt and a skirt swings her tennis racket towards a tennis ball. She is standing on a blue tennis court.
She’s a gift-shop assistant, a nursing-home volunteer—and a Special Olympics gold medallist!
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Photo 1: A man standing in a kitchen wearing an apron and medals around his neck smiles at the camera. Photo 2: A man wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap, t-shirt and shorts swings his tennis racket with a crowd of spectators in the  background.
Thanks to his talent and hard work, Joshua turned a temp job into a permanent contract—working for Ajax Football Club!
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Women in football/soccer jerseys run after a football on a green pitch.
Suzanne van den Einden-Brok from The Netherlands is both a Special Olympics Athlete Leader and a dedicated footballer. Now she’s combining her talents on a mission open up the beautiful game to ALL women and girls!
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Female football/soccer player kicks the ball towards two male players on a football pitch.
Football fields all across Europe are coming alive with activity this summer, as women and girls with and without intellectual disabilities claim their rightful place on the pitch.
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Growing the Torch Run across Europe was the big focus at a recent Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) gathering.
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