Asia Pacific

With over 1.1 million athletes in 27 countries, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area of the world in terms of athletes and competitions.

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Stories from Asia Pacific


October 22, 2014 | SOI: Region Asia Pacific

Special Olympics Papua New Guinea celebrates EKS Day

By Sophia Tuna

About 10 new families and 15 new athletes joined Special Olympics Papua New Guinea on Saturday 18th October at Vabukori Village,outside Port Moresby, to celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day.View Story About 10 new families and 15 new athletes joined Special Olympics Papua New Guinea on Saturday 18th October at Vabukori Village,outside Port Moresby, to celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day. Activities organised for the days celebrations included fun games, singing and dancing and introduction and meeting the new familie. A family support network program was also conducted by Cutie and Bennie Moi. Vabukori Village is a traditional motuan village situated in the outskirts of Port Moresby played host to over 150 people who participated in EKS Day. The United Church Pastor and Councillor from the village were excited to meet everyone and invited Special Olympics Papua New Guinea to organise more activities as such in their village. President of Special Olympics Papua New Guinea Takale Tuna was encouraged by the effort put in by volunteers who organised the EKS Day celebration. He also thanked Special Olympics Papua New Guinea sponsors, Digicel PNG limited, Paradise Foods Limited and PNG Sports Foundation for the support and especially thank the people of Vabukori Village for their support.

About Sophia Tuna:I am employed by the PNG Sports Foundation as the National Program Coordinator for Sport Ability and I am A VOLUNTEER secretary for Special Olympics Papua New Guinea. I organise all the events and activities for Special Olympics Papua New Guinea and i love getting doing that.
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October 09, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

My experience as an Athlete Leader

By Jasmine Sharif Athlete Boardmember Pakistan

Me giving an PowerPoint presentation

I really enjoy being in the Athlete Leadership program. It gives me more confidence, I have made friends and I am able to speak more than before.View Story Hi my name is Jasmine Sharif. I have been involved in Special Olympics for 8 years as an athlete. In 2007, I became part of Athlete Leadership Program . In 2011 I went to Singapore for the athlete leadership conferences. In 2014 went to Malaysia for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Input Council conferences and I was chosen as its co-chair person along with Ben Haack We had Health Ambassadors I really enjoy being in the Athlete Leadership program. It gives me more confidence, I have made friends and I am able to speak more than before. On the EKS Day, I also gave a PowerPoint presentation of Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver's life and the history of Special Olympics. Thank you Special Olympics

About Jasmine Sharif Athlete Boardmember Pakistan:My name is Jasmine Sharif I am an athlete Board member and serve on the input council for Special Olympics in Asia Pacific.
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October 09, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Singapore

NBA 3X Raises S$5,000 for Special Olympics Singapore

By Karyn Tan

Horace Grant (left) assisting one of NBA Cares athlete during the NBA Cares clinic for athletes from Special Olympics Singapore, Singapore Disability Sports Council and Grace Orchard School at Stadium Roar on 27 September afternoon. (Photo Credit: NBA 3X)

A total amount of SGD$5,000 was raised in support of Special Olympics Singapore during NBA 3X Singapore, the 3-day basketball fiesta held from 26-28 September 2014.View Story A total amount of SGD$5,000 was raised in support of Special Olympics Singapore during NBA 3X Singapore, the 3-day basketball fiesta held from 26-28 September 2014. Back for its second edition after a successful debut last year, the NBA 3X Singapore ended on a high with the winning teams of the 3x3 competition taking part in the adidas’ Shoot-For-Charity Challenge to raise funds for charity. An amount of more than $400 was raised at the challenge and the NBA contributed additional funds to bring the final donation amount to S$5,000. NBA Legend Horace Grant, who was also in town for the event, conducted a special clinic for the athletes of Special Olympics Singapore, Grace Orchard School and Singapore Disability Sports School as part of the League’s NBA Cares’ program.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager, Asia Pacific region
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October 02, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Cambodia

USAID And Special Olympics Reaching Rural Cambodia Through Sporting Opportunities

By Simon Koh

Mr. Sean Callahan, Deputy Mission Director of USAID Cambodia (2nd from left), and H.E. Meas Sarin (3rd from left), Vice-Chair of Special Olympics Cambodia and Committee Adviser to the Ministry of Education at the Press Announcement on 29 September 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Special Olympics launched a new program that will use sports to help hundreds of Cambodians with disabilities become more active members of their communities.View Story The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Special Olympics launched a new program that will use sports to help hundreds of Cambodians with disabilities become more active members of their communities. The ‘Rural Expansion of Sports’ project will reach four Cambodian provinces (Takeo, Battambang, Svey Reing and Kampong Thom). In using sports as a path for greater social inclusion, the project intends to recruit over 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities for Special Olympics Cambodia, over 100 new coaches and approximately 250 new family members. This 18-month project will provide specialized training for Cambodians with intellectual disabilities, who will join Special Olympics Cambodia as Special Olympics athletes. Mr. Sean Callahan, Deputy Mission Director of USAID Cambodia, and Dr. Meas Sarin, Vice-Chair of the Special Olympics Cambodia and Adviser to the Ministry of Education were present at the Press Announcement on 29 September.

About Simon Koh:I am Operations Director for Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
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October 01, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Prayers needed for our Special Rock Star LAD

By Tehmina Azim

I had published a very inspiring story about our" Special Lad Turned into a Rock Star", Mr.Abbas on 22nd August 2013 on this page.View Story I had published a very inspiring story about our" Special Lad Turned into a Rock Star", Mr.Abbas on 22nd August 2013 on this page.Our Lad is full of fun loving nature, loves to sing and dance and everyone loves him too.He gained confidence when he came into Special Olympics and treats everyone like his own family.Abbas love being in Special Olympics and with Special athletes. Unfortunately our Special lad has been diagnosed with severe illness for last two months.He will undergo surgery in the upcoming days.He recently attended our EKS and FHF events on 18th September 2014 and 20th September 2014 .It is humbly requested to ALL to please pray for hard for him.He badly needs our prayers.With Love for ABBAS"We were starting to think that you were invincible.Its good to know that you are human after all.We all are looking forward to you getting back to your invincible self.Get well soon,SUPER STAR".We at Special Olympics are praying hard for you! Soon you will be with US!

About Tehmina Azim:I am the Global Family Leader representing Asia Pacific and also National Coordinator of FSN at Special Olympics Pakistan.I have a down syndrome boy Mr.Asim Zar who is working as a helper in DANPAK factory.
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