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Football Fever Starts Here: 45,000 Athletes to Participate in 450 Events Across 50 Countries for Special Olympics European Football Week 2018

May 18, 2018

As football fever heats up, Special Olympics European Football Week 2018 kicks off! From 19 to 27 May, 45,000 athletes across 50 countries will take to the pitches of Europe Eurasia and enjoy the beautiful game.

 

European Football Week, which involves a total of 450 events, is supported by UEFA, national football federations and clubs across the region and MetLife Foundation. It comes at as all eyes in the football world turn to the UEFA club competition finals.

 

The goal of this year’s European Football Week is to encourage more children and young people, those with and without intellectual disabilities, to play Unified football together and in doing so promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Hasbro & Special Olympics Join Together to Grow Empathy and Inclusion in Schools Globally

May 15, 2018

Football (Soccer) Legend Didier Drogba Announced as Special Olympics’ newest Global Ambassador

May 02, 2018

Global soccer legend to open doors and promote inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities

Events Around the World

  • Jun 01 - Jun 03
    Kansas State Summer Games
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    Fri Jun 1 - Sun Jun 03, 2018
     
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    Wichita
    Kansas
    USA

    Kansas State Summer Games

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    Fri Jun 1 - Sun Jun 03, 2018
     

    The State Summer Games will be held in Maize, June 1-3. Competition events on Friday are: Swimming, Cycling and Tennis. The Track & Field Events will be held Saturday & Sunday. Opening Ceremonies will take place on Friday, June 1. For more information about Summer Games, please contact Tim Rehder at rehdert@ksso.org


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    Maize South High School
    3701 N Tyler Rd
    Wichita, Kansas
    USA
  • Jun 14 - Jun 17
    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games
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    Thu Jun 14 - Sun Jun 17, 2018
     
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    Dublin
    Ireland

    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games

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    Thu Jun 14 - Sun Jun 17, 2018
     

    Circa 1,600 athletes from all corners of Ireland will participate in the 4-day residential Games in 13 sports competitions and a Motor Activities Training Programme. Competitions will include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Table Tennis, and Pitch & Putt.

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    Dublin
    Ireland
  • Jul 17 - Jul 22
    Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
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    Tue Jul 17 - Sun Jul 22, 2018
     
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    3 venues
    USA

    Special Olympics 50th Anniversary

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    Tue Jul 17 - Sun Jul 22, 2018
     

    The spark that became today's Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Ill., USA. Five decades later, we are returning to Chicago to launch the year-long Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebrations. Here's what we have planned so far: From 17 to 21 July, the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Football Cup competition will team people with and without intellectual disabilities from all over the world. A total of 24 teams -- from every region of the world -- will take part. These include 16 men's teams and eight women's teams. On 20 July, The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Law Enforcement Torch Run Commemorative Run will include Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from Illinois and elsewhere. On 22 July, in Chicago and around the world, a day for everyone to celebrate the history of Special Olympics and its bright future. Athletes from the first 1968 Games will be joined by today's athletes to tell their stories of empowerment. Members of the public, Special Olympics families and others come together on the playing field for Unified Sports experiences. Change the Game Day will be a global festival of togetherness and sharing for all. Join us as we play together, learn from each other, and chart an inspiring course for the future!


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    Unified Football Cup
    Toyota Park
    7000 Harlem Ave
    Bridgeview, Illinois
    USA
    From 17 to 21 July, the Special Olympics Unified Football Cup competition will team people with and without intellectual disabilities from all over the world.
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    50th Anniversary Torch Run
    Throughout the City
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    Chicago, Illinois
    USA
    On 20 July, Commemorative Run will include Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from Illinois and elsewhere.
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  • Mar 14 - Mar 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


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    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.