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Athens will host the Word Special Olympics 2011

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Asmall smiling sun named Apollon, after the name of the god of light, is swimming, rowing, running and saying “I’m in.” These are the symbol and the motto of the International Special Olympics Athens 2011 which will be held from June 25 to July 4 in Athens. 150 days before the official opening ceremony of the biggest sports event for people with intellectual disabilities the Greek Organizing Committee held a sponsors’ conference to present the course of preparation……Read Article

Μασκότ “Απόλλων” Special Olympic World Games 2011

The Greek Organizing Committee of the Athens 2011 Special Olympics officially launched on Tuesday the Games’ mascot in a press conference held at Zappeion, close to the Panathinaikon Stadium, where the modern Olympic Games were revived in 1896.

A radiant sun named Apollon after the God of Sun in ancient Greek mythology invites all the citizens of the world to join the “Wonderful Winning World” as is the title of the music theme of the 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games……….Read Article

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games Facts & Figures

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Special Olympics Mourns the Loss of Sargent Shriver

Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2011) – Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. died this afternoon at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, surrounded by his family.  He was 95 years old.  Near him at the time of his death were his five children: Robert “Bobby” Sargent Shriver III, Maria Owings Shriver, Timothy Perry Shriver, Mark Kennedy Shriver and Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver, as well as their spouses and all of his 19 grandchildren…..Read Article

General Knowledge

  • Special Olympics was founded on the belief that people with intellectual disability can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.
  • The community-at-large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disability in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.
  • Coaching philosophy is to maximize an athlete’s sport potential rather than win at all cost.

Special Olympics Oath

Athlete’s Oath
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Coach’s Oath
“In the name of all coaches, we shall follow written and verbal instructions of Special Olympics officials at all times, have our athletes at the appropriate events and activities at the proper time and abide by the rules and policies, in the spirit of sportsmanship.”…….Read Article

Signing of Memorandum of cooperation for conducting the Special Olympics World Games

The Minister of Transport and Communications, Kostis Hatzidakis has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Organising Committee of the World Games Special Olympics – Athens 2011.

The Memorandum confirms the intention of the Ministry and the Organizing Committee to work quickly and effectively to the success of organizing the Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Athens in 2011.….Read Article

Μνημόνιο John YTHYNAL Διαμαντίδη με τον Πρόεδρο των Special Olympics

Signed today Wednesday, December 8 of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Islands John Diamandis and Chairman of Special Olympics Joanna Despotopoulou the facilities required in terms YTHYNAL for the successful hosting of the Games.
The President of the Organizing Committee Mr. Despotopoulou decorate the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Islands Mr. John Diamantidis with the highest medal of honor the Special Olympics because, as he said “first of all Mr Diamantidis is a man of Alpha Chapter…
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Press Release: Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs Committee-World Games SPECIAL OLYMPICS – ATHENS 2011

Δηλώσεις του Υπουργού Εθνικής Παιδείας και Θρησκευμάτων κ. Ευριπίδη Στυλιανίδη και της Προέδρου της Οργανωτικής Επιτροπής Παγκοσμίων Αγώνων SPECIAL OLYMPICS – ΑΘΗΝΑ 2011 κ. Γιάννας Δεσποτοπούλου μετά την υπογραφή του Μνημονίου Συναντίληψης και Συνεργασίας….Read Article

Συνδρομής από το κράτος

Με την υποστήριξη της ηγεσίας κράτους και της πολιτικής, η Οργανωτική Επιτροπή των Special Olympics World Games ΑΘΗΝΑ 2011 πηγαίνει στην Μνημόνια Συνεργασίας με τα Υπουργεία της Ελληνικής Κυβέρνησης και της Τοπικής Αυτοδιοίκησης, οι οποίες επιβεβαιώνουν τη δεδηλωμένη πρόθεση να συνεργαστεί άμεσα και πλήρως αποτελεσματικό inpreparation και συμπεριφοράς των Αγώνων το 2011. Μέχρι στιγμής, τα ακόλουθα έχουν υπογράψει μνημόνια συμφωνίας βάσει της οποίας η Οργανωτική Επιτροπή χορήγησε τα ακόλουθα:….Read Article


From a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives and attitudes for more than 40 years

June 1962
Eunice Kennedy Shriver starts a summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at her home in Maryland to explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities. See a slideshow about the camp

19-20 July 1968
The 1st International Special Olympics Summer Games are held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 1,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities from 26 U.S. states and Canada compete in track and field and swimming.See a slideshow about the first Games…..Read Article

General Information Athnes

Αρχείο:Athens seal.jpgAthens (Athens in ancient Greek) is the capital of Greece. It is also the headquarters of the Prefecture of Athens and Attica. Located in Central (Central), Greece and a robust economic, cultural and administrative center of the country. It took its name from the goddess Athena was the protector. Athens today is a modern city and famous, as in ancient times it was mighty city-state and a major center of culture; considered the most historic city in Europe with Rome. She is known worldwide for its historical monuments that have survived, albeit partially, over the centuries. The historic port city is the port of Piraeus….Read Article

Athens History

Athina is named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom, who, according to legend, won the city after defeating Poseidon in a duel. The goddess’ victory was celebrated by the construction of a temple onthe Acropolis, thesite of the city’s earliest settlement in Attica. As a city state, the coastal capital of Athens reached its heyday in the fifthcentury BC. The office of the statesman, Pericles, between 461BC and his death in 429BC, saw an unprecedented spate of construction resulting in many of the great classical buildings(the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Hephaisteion and thetemple at Sounion) now regarded as icons of ancient Greece…..Read Article

Stone age (History)

The discovery of a Neanderthal skull in a cave on the Halkidiki peninsula of Macedonia in 1960 confirmed the presence of humans in Greece 700,000 years ago. Bones and tools from as far back as Palaeolithic times (around 6500 BC) have been found in the Pindos Mountains…..Read Article

History of Greece: Bronze Age

centaurDuring the Dark Ages of Greece the old major settlements were abandoned (with the notable exception of Athens), and the population dropped dramatically in numbers. Within these three hundred years, the people of Greece lived in small groups that moved constantly in accordance with their new pastoral lifestyle and livestock needs, while they left no written record behind leading to the conclusion that they were illiterate. Later in the Dark Ages (between 950 and 750 BCE)…..Read Article

History of Greece: Archaic

The next period of Greek History is described asArchaic and lasted for about two hundred years from (700 – 480 BCE). During this epoch Greek population recovered and organized politically in city-states (Polis) comprised of citizens, foreign residents, and slaves. This kind of complex social organization required the development of an advanced legal structure that ensured the smooth coexistence of different classes and the equality of the citizens irrespective of their economic status. This was a required precursor for the Democratic principles that we see developed two hundred years later in Athens….Read Article

History of Greece: Classical Greece

The flurry of development and expansion of the Archaic Era was followed by the period of maturity we came to know as “Classical Greece”. Between 480 and until 323 BCE Athens and Sparta dominated the Hellenic world with their cultural and military achievements. These two cities, with the involvement of the other Hellenic states, rose to power through alliances, reforms, and a series of victories against the invading Persian armies. They eventually resolved their rivalry in a long, and particularly nasty war that concluded with the demise of Athens first, Sparta second, and the emergence of Macedonia as the dominant power of Greece….Read Article

Greece Timeline

This History Timeline has been developed to provide a ‘snapshot’ of the famous people and events during this historical time period. Important dates in a fast, comprehensive, chronological, or date order providing an actual sequence of important past events which were of considerable significance to the famous people involved in this time period.
A full History Timeline…..Read Article

History of Greece: Hellenistic

The Hellenistic Age marks the transformation of Greek society from the localized and introverted city-states to an open, cosmopolitan, and at times exuberant culture that permeated the entire eastern Mediterranean, and Southwest Asia. While the Hellenistic world incorporated a number of different people, Greek thinking, mores, and way of life dominated the public affairs of the time…..Read Article

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