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August 3, 2012
Joy of the Olympics!
South Asian Football Tournment

With Olympic fever running across the World, get into the spirit of the global sports movement by understanding how Special Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are complementary organizations – each one a testimony to the power of sport.

'The Same But Different': a Sports and Coaching Director's view
Quick facts about the three Olympics organizations

In the leadup to the Olympic Games, Indonesia's Stephanie Handojo (third from left) proudly ran with the Olympic Torch on 28 June. She is the sole Special Olympics athlete to represent Indonesia and Asia Pacific. Read more

Building Communities

'Speechless': Athlete Susie Doyens, born with Down syndrome, was practically mute for most of her childhood due to social pressure and anxiety. In the new Special Olympics North America PSA "Speechless," she literally shatters those fears and attributes her transformation to the confidence gained through Special Olympics. View Video

ALPs in Indonesia: How Indonesia gives its athletes and youth a voice in the community (left).

MoU for Football: Timor Leste signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Football Federation of Timor Leste, using Football to improve the quality of lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Reaching over 4 million athletes with ID worldwide: The new 2011 Reach Report presents accelerated growth figures on athletes, competitions, volunteers and more.

Sports & Competitions

Special Olympics programs from the Asia Pacific are gearing up for the next World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Four state players from the Rajasthan state are selected for skating, snow shoeing and floor hockey. 

For the first time, athletes from Singapore will compete in Short Track Speed Skating. A competition was held at a local speed track to select four speed skaters for PyeongChang.

Fans & Funds
Thailand Drives Awareness: Government Housing Bank supports Special Olympics Thailand for the next two years, launching a TV commercial to garner donations. 

From Sydney to Kilimanjaro: Scale Africa’s highest peak to help Special Olympics Australia’s children and adults with an intellectual disability to achieve their personal best in sport and in life. The 14 day adventure begins 26 February 2013. To join the team visit Inspired Adventures.

Healthy Athletes

Health Injustice: Chairman Tim Shriver stresses the need for a sound health system for the intellectually disabled community in Global Health and Diplomacy, a publication covering global health, diplomacy, development and security.


Building Communities

Sports & Competitions

Fans & Funds

Healthy Athletes

Save the Date!

Stars on Pars
Aug 29
Feilding, Manawatu, New Zealand

Special Olympics South East Asia (SEA) Unified Football Tournament 2012
Aug 31 - Sep 9

Stars on Pars
Sep 5
Hawkes Bay, Coromandel, New Zealand

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day
Sep 22

Check out the Global Calendar for Special Olympics events, competitions, and news happening in your corner of the world.

Email us to include your Special Olympics event in the Calendar!

Inspiring Athletes in the News

Prabha Devi discovered her true potential, only after transferring to a special school. 
Tayler Corry joins three other Special Olympics athletes swimming for Australia at the Paralympics Games. Watch video

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