Special Olympics - Syria. 7 th Regional Games -2010. Introduction. Special Olympics.
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7th Regional Games -2010
Founded in1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver ; Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.
Building on the its motto & athletes oath: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt“;Today the Special Olympics serves more than 2.5 million persons with intellectual disabilities in more than 200 Programs in more than 165 countries globally and 20 Programs in 20 countries in the MENA region. An initial census of athlete participation conducted in that year established a baseline count of athletes worldwide.
Special Olympics - Syria
Syria joined the International Special Olympics organisation in 1994 which already had existing programs in Middle east & Africa . In 1996 the Syrian Sports Union established a sports committee dedicated to run a year round activities for individuals with intellectual disability.
In 2001 and as result of the interest and support of the Special Olympics MENA regional headquarters, the Syrian Special Olympics committee was launch
To Expand opportunities offered to people with intellectual special needs so they have the chance through the provision of quality sports , training and competitions to improve their lives.
To support people with intellectual special needs in realising their potential by organising a year round
sports training and competition, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness,
demonstrate achievements, experience enjoyment and participate in a sharing of friendship with their
families and other Special Olympics.
Founded on the belief that through participation in sport, people with intellectual special needs can
develop the confidence and advocacy skills to become fully integrated into society; our goal is to promote
the fuller social inclusion of people with learning disabilities.
A letter Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour on the seventh of January 2010, containing the desire of the Central Council for the Disabled, the composition of the sports concerned with social affairs, social and sports for people with intellectual special needs and the approved the resolution by the General Sports Union, which had all previous responsibility for all the activities of the Special Olympics Syria.
Min of Social affairs & Labour
Central Council for Disabled
Syria’s Special Olympics Committee
The year 2005 was a turning point as it witnessed the first athletics championship and the one-day competition; held in both Damascus and Aleppo the championships had the participation / 412 / players and / 180 / volunteers
In celebration of the re-election of H.E. President BacharAlassad, One-Day tournament was held in the following governorates: Damascus, DeirEzzor, Raqa, Aleppo and Homs for weight lifting and basketball with the participation of /1453/ players and /665/ volunteers
tournaments were held for bocce, basketball, cycling, equestrian, badminton, weightlifting, swimming; also initiatives like “football for hope” and “football united” were launched with local artists and /1218/ players and / 668 / volunteers
SYRIA : Sep 25th - Oct 3rd 2010
Support Special Olympics Syria’s plan through the provision of facilities for the 7th regional games
Support the activities and initiatives for the 7th regional games
Attract and activate most of the societies interested in intellectual special needs to show the importance of interdependence
Training and preps till 30.08.10
Activities till 03.10.01
7th regional games
Arrivals of regional delegations
Brand Activation Initiatives
Set up informational booth in all major sports arenas in Damascus.
– Volunteer recruitment
– Ensure that that booth is manned during peak times.
– Selling Memorabilia
Produce giant size uniform shirt that will be signed by students in the schools, then
duplicated in normal size and distributed to team members as gift item from Syrian
students in support• Actual T-shirt can be displayed as attraction during events.
Mascot( Farhan ) will make appearance in schools around Syria with a team of volunteers with the following activities:• Distribution of informational flyers • An afternoon of fun (kermis games) • Educational lecture aimed at students and parents about
Special Olympics • Give-away items
Potentials without Boarders