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


July 25, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Thailand

Pioneering a Sports and Health Innovations Platform in Thailand

By David Evangelista

Special Olympics and UNICEF Thailand have renewed their partnership agreement and plan to launch new health initiatives while sustaining a strong focus on development through sport programming and leadership development.View Story Special Olympics and UNICEF Thailand have renewed their partnership agreement and plan to launch new health initiatives while sustaining a strong focus on development through sport programming and leadership development. This paves the way for both organizations to implement regional sports competitions, youth/athlete-led leadership training courses and health examination programs, as well as scale up the Special Olympics Healthy Communities program, which provides comprehensive health assessments for children with intellectual disabilities and better integrates them into the state health system. In addition, UNICEF and Special Olympics Thailand will hold 4 Motor Activity Training Programs, a motor-skill development program for individuals with profound disabilities. With partnerships in over 30 countries, Special Olympics and UNICEF work together at all levels to achieve equity for all children, including those with intellectual disabilities.

About David Evangelista:I am the Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations for Special Olympics.
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July 25, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

One Year To Go For 2015 World Summer Games

By Christy White

When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination.View Story When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination. The Games in Los Angeles, California, "will change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. The Games also are a chance for spectators and volunteers to have their preconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities changed forever. Getting involved with the Games by cheering from the stands or handing out cups of water to thirsty athletes is a sure way to change your view of people of all kinds. Special Olympics World Games -- and all of the 80,000 Special Olympics competitions that occur every year--invite the public to see the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. It's a way to open eyes, to change attitudes and to break down barriers that have excluded people with ID from the mainstream of community. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.'Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.

About Christy White:I am the director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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July 23, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Philippines

Damian Lillard meets Special Olympics Philippines athletes

By Karyn Tan

Damian Lillard (2nd from right) together with Special Olympics Philippinea athletes

Special Olympics Ambassador and NBA star Damian Lillard met a group from Special Olympics Philippines at the NBA Cafe Manila yesterday. Lillard is in the Philippines for an all star game against the Philippines National team.View Story Special Olympics Ambassador and NBA star Damian Lillard met a group from Special Olympics Philippines at the NBA Cafe Manila yesterday. Lillard is in the Philippines for an all star game against the Philippines National team. Notes Kaye Samson, National Director of SO Philippines: "Damian immediately went out of the crowd to meet our athletes and 'fist-bump' each of them.He was very gracious and happy to receive a Special Olympics Philippines shirt and pin. He didn't hand them over to his assistant but instead hung it over his shoulder and walked around with it." Last week, Damian called out a Twitter troll that made fun of a Special Olympics athlete he accompanied to the ESPYs.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for the Asia Pacific region
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July 21, 2014 | SOI: Region Asia Pacific

Lions Clubs Malaysia Announces Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with Special Olympics Asia Pacific

By Simon Koh

From left to right: International President Joe Preston, Lions Clubs International, Special Olympics Malaysia athlete Muhammad Amin Bin Ali, Lim Hoe Guan, Lions District 308-B1 Governor. Simon Koh, Special Olympics Asia Pacific Director of Operations, Nurazida Daud, President of Special Olympics Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur and Special Olympics Malaysia athlete Muhammad Haziq Bin Rizal.

Lions Clubs of Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with Special Olympics in the Asia Pacific region, continuing its worldwide efforts to achieve the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities.View Story Lions Clubs of Malaysia (District 308 B1) signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with Special Olympics in the Asia Pacific region, continuing its worldwide efforts to achieve the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities. Building on the organizations' 14-year history of collaboration, the memorandum of understanding strengthens ties between Special Olympics and Lions Clubs District 308 B1 Malaysia in the community through: high quality Special Olympics vision screening and follow up services for people with intellectual disabilities, engagement and inclusive sports opportunities to reach more young people and Leos through inclusive sports programs, Family Health Forums to educate families and carers of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

About Simon Koh:Director, Operations for Asia Pacific region
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July 12, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Australia

Smiling despite the storm

By jack mcneilly

On the 5th of December 2013 at the Asia Pacific games in Newcastle Australia took on the Philippines.It was a cracking game of football between 2 talented and committed teams.View Story On the 5th of December 2013 at the Asia Pacific games in Newcastle Australia took on the Philippines.It was a cracking game of football between 2 talented and committed teams. The end result was a 1-0 win to the Philippines. After the game I took the Australian players into our opponents rooms, I had good reason to do this. Barely 4 weeks prior to the game the Philippines experienced a natural disaster.Typhoon Haiyan, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded,it devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,268 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed. Even four weeks after the Typhoon bodies were still being found. Despite their country being a disaster zone the Philippine players could still smile, clearly my proudest moment as a coach..

About jack mcneilly:Im jack McNeilly coach of the Australia 2 team who took part in the Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle. My football team took on the Philippines after the game i took my boys into the opposition rooms. I told my players about the big storm that had hit the Philippines 4 weeks earlier, we all agreed that we just had to wish them. I'm coaching the Victorian SO football team in October at the national games, I live in Wangaratta and have a wife and two children.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Aug 1 - 3 2014

Savaii Summer Games

Join u on August 1-9 as over a 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will come together for 3 days of competition in 6 sports in the city of Toga. Athletes will compete in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, masters bocce, powerlifting, softball, and swimming.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Savaii National Stadium
1133 19th St. NW

Toga, Savaii
AMERICAN SAMOA

Sep 1 - 3 2014

Upolu Summer Games

Join u on September 1-3 as over a 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will come together for 3 days of competition in 6 sports in the city of Toga. Athletes will compete in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, masters bocce, powerlifting, softball, and swimming.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Upolu National Stadium
1133 19th St. NW

Apia, Upolu
AMERICAN SAMOA

Sep 1, 2014
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Samoa TEST event

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:239-775-1991
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Various Venues
1627 Lamont St NW

Washington, District of Columbia
SAMOA

Sep 8, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Savaii Track Meet

Join us on Friday, September 8th at Savaii National Stadium in Toga, Savaii as athletes from around the area compete in track & field. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Savaii National Stadium
1133 19th St. NW

Toga, Savaii
AMERICAN SAMOA

Sep 13, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Upolu Track Meet

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th at Upolu National Stadium in Apia, Upolu as athletes from around the area compete in track & field. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Upolu National Stadium
1133 19th St. NW

Apia, Upolu
AMERICAN SAMOA

Oct 7, 2014

Somoa Test 2 Event

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:program@specialolympicshawaii.org
Phone:206-362-4949 x 212
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Various Venues
1015 High School Dr.

Denver, Colorado
SAMOA

Oct 30, 2014
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Great Upolu Run

Get your laces tied up and sign up to this fantastic event, offering you the choice to run 4 different course lengths. You can choose from the Full Marathon, a Marathon Relay, the Half-Marathon or a Six Mile course. Training schedules are provided no matter what length you choose, so why not get involved? Run your personal best in Upolu! And be proud to be part of the Special Olympics America Samoa team! Sign up and full information on the event and different options are available at www.upolurun.com.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Apia Central Park
1133 19th St. NW

Apia, Upolu
AMERICAN SAMOA


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