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XIII World Summer Games ATHENS 2011

Unity Sports Events Special Olympics


The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did

when the movement was founded in 1968. Through the power

of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by

fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.

The mission of Special Olympics

is to provide year-round sports training and athletic

competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children

and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them

continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness,

demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in

sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families,

other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


An Invitation

On behalf of the athletes, families and volunteers of Special Olympics, we invite you to join us

at the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011 and participate in the life-changing Unity

Sports Events.

The XIII World Summer Games promise to be not only a spectacular event, but also a historic

humanitarian experience that will build global cultural bridges and acceptance for people with intellectual

disabilities. 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from nearly 180 countries, representing every corner of the

globe, will join together in the birthplace of the Olympic movement, showing how through sports they

bring justice, foster inclusion, and change the world.

At these Games, we are proud to offer the inaugural Unity Sports Events—a series of 20

non-official sports activities that offer an opportunity for internationally renowned sports and

entertainment personalities, Special Olympics supporters, Greek luminaries, fans and Special

Olympics athletes to pair up and compete in a variety of sports competitions.

This is your chance to be part of a Unity Sports Event and experience first-hand the power of sport to

break down barriers and build unity for all people. Whether you choose to play tennis, swim a relay or take

to the football pitch, each Unity Sports Event will impress you with the abilities of our Special Olympics

champions and form lasting friendships that will change your life.

Look through the following pages and learn more about the sports competitions scheduled and some

of the celebrities and personalities already signed up to play. To register your interest in participating on a

Unity Sports Event team, simply complete the RSVP included at the back of this brochure.

By joining a Unity Sports Event at the World Summer Games ATHENS 2011, you will experience the

power of Special Olympics to transform mindsets. You will be part of a global event and unique competition

that helps foster a relationship of respect, acceptance and camaraderie among all participants and onlookers.

And, most of all, you will have fun.

We hope to see you at a Unity Sports Event in Athens.

Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D.

Chairman and CEO Special Olympics

Joanna Despotopoulou,

President, Organizing Committee

Special Olympics World Summer

Games ATHENS 2011.

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“The world is

hungry for unity as

was seen first-hand

with this match. People

were brought together as

one on this field and it just

shows the incredible power of

sport to bring people together.”

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—Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO Special Olympics

speaking after the 2010 Special Olympics Unity Cup

presented by Coca-Cola in South Africa.


About Unity Sports Events

Unity Sports Events is a new series of individual non-official Special Olympics

competition activities. Stemming from the Special Olympics Unified Sports ® program,

Unity Sports Events provides an opportunity for internationally renowned

sports and entertainment personalities and fans to be paired up with Special

Olympics athletes in a series of competitive events. These exhibition activities

are incorporated in most of the official sports events at Special Olympics such as

the World Games and are open to the public.

Unity Sports Events are designed to help foster a relationship of respect, acceptance

and camaraderie among all participants. The goals of Unity Sports Events are:

1. Promote the dignity and ability of people with intellectual disabilities

through “unified” sports and showcase the incredible impact of having people

with and without disability play on the same playing field;

2. Create unique and interactive opportunities for Special Olympics athletes

and key constituents;

3. Conduct all sports events in a dignified, professional and an entertaining

manner and build impactful teachable moments for participants and

spectators alike; and

4. Foster new friendships and create real-life stories that will last a lifetime

for each Unity Sports participant.

The 2010 Special Olympics Unity Cup

On July 3, 2010, the first-ever Special

Olympics Unity Cup presented by

Coca-Cola took place during the FIFA

World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.

Celebrities, soccer legends and even the

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma,

took to the field alongside 16 Special

Olympics athlete teammates that hailed

from all over the world. The two

teams—named “Special Stars” and

“Happiness United” —enjoyed a

20-minute match on the FIFA World

Cup stadium pitch, which fittingly

ended in a 2-2 draw. The Special

Olympic Unity Cup presented by

Coca-Cola represented a compelling

vision of dignity, empowerment and

inclusion—a vision for the whole

world to embrace.

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Special Olympics World

Summer Games ATHENS 2011

Taking place from 25th June to 4th July 2011, the XIII Special Olympics

World Summer Games ATHENS 2011 will be the world’s largest

sporting event in all of 2011. Developed for athletes with intellectual

disabilities, the Games will draw 7,000 athletes from 180 countries

around the world, 3,000 coaches and officials, 25,000 volunteers,

40,000 family members as well as thousands of spectators.

The following Unity Sports Events are scheduled for the XIII Special

Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011. (More details about

each Unity Sports Event can be found starting on page 8.)

Unity Sports Events schedule

(Subject to Change)

June 26

Cycling, Tennis

June 28

Badminton,

Football Fun Park,

Golf, Roller Skating

June 29

Beach Volleyball, Football Fun Park

June 30

Football Fun Park, Golf

July 1

Dragon Boat Racing,

Football Fun Park, Handball,

Sailing, Table Tennis

July 2

Athletics, Bowling,

Football Fun Park,

Kayaking, Softball,

Table Tennis, Volleyball

July 3

Aquatics, Basketball,

Bocce, Football,

Half Marathon & 10K,

Table Tennis

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Unity Sports

Events Players

The athletes and celebrities on these pages have participated in past Special Olympics Unity Sports

Events, and have been invited to participate in Unity Sports Events at the Special Olympics XIII World

Summer Games ATHENS 2011. Picture yourself playing sports alongside these world renowned names

and Special Olympics athletes.

Unity Sports Events Players

Top Row (l to r):

Joe Jonas

Yao Ming

Eddie Barbanell

Nadia Comaneci

Sam Perkins

Minmin Huang

Third Row (l to r):

Michelle Kwan

Bart Conner

Lucas Radebe

Andy Miyares

Scott Hamilton

Zhang Ziyi

“The Unity Cup means a lot to me.

This was a very special event.

Different walks of life all coming

together, millions of people, we

are united as one. It doesn’t matter

if you have disabilities. You are a

part of our world. We want to

ensure by having an event like this

that people know that no one

should be left behind.”

—Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend

second Row (l to r):

Ariel Ary Chinchilla

Neha Naik

Vanessa Williams

Donna DeVarona

Loretta Claiborne

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BOTTOM Row (l to r):

Dikembe Mutumbo

Voula Patoulidou

Wei Chieh Chen

Brooklyn Decker

Maria Shriver

Anton Silos


You?

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Unity Sports EventS Profiles

Each Unity Sports Event provides an

opportunity for team members to get to

know each other before the event.

Athlete information is provided ahead of

the competition.

Cycling (12 teams)

Date: June 26, 2011 Venue: Hellinikon Olympic Softball Venue

- Cycling Course (FOP)

Concept: Conduct a Unified Bicycle Race. The proposed distance for the race

will be a 1000 meters pair time trial demonstration. That demonstration race

will be organized as a team time trial (pair time trial), with 2 riders, riding their

bikes, racing as a team. The race will be run by the regulations of a time trial,

with the front wheel of the second rider to decide for the time of the team.

Best four times will race in two-hit final.

Team Selection: Composition of the team will include 1 All Star Fan guest

and 1 Special Olympics athlete.

TENNIS (2 teams, 8 pairs)

Date: June 26, 2011 Venue: OAKA Olympic Tennis Centre (Outdoor courts)

Concept: World Team Tennis scoring will be used for the doubles matches.

No-ad scoring will be used for all matches. Competition will be in one short

set of four games win by two games, while leading by two games (4-1, 4-2

etc). A seven-point tie break will be played at 4-4. Each match will approximately

last no more than 15 minutes.

Team Selection: Composition of the pair will include 1 All Star Fan guest

and 1 Special Olympics athlete. The 8 pairs will be divided into 2 teams of

4 pairs led by 1 celebrity captain/player.

GOLF (8 teams, 4 teams per day)

Date: June 28 & June 30, 2011 Venue: Glyfada Golf Course

Concept: Conduct a Golf Tournament using a match play format (9 holes).

Team Selection: Composition of the team will include 1 All Star Fan guest

and 1 Special Olympic athlete.

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Football Fun Park

Date: June 28—July 2 , 2011

Venue: Football Fun Park (Hellinikon Olympic

Complex, Hellinikon Common Domain next to

Hellinikon Olympic Hockey Venue)

Concept: Daily between 13.00-14.00h celebrities will meet athletes and

the qualified football coaches teams. All will participate in Football Fun Park

activities. Football Fun Park is sponsored by ‘UEFA we care’ programme.

BADMINTON (2 teams, 8 pairs)

Date: June 28, 2011 Venue: Hellinikon Fencing Hall 1

Concept: Conduct a Unified Badminton Match. Badminton scoring will used

for the doubles match. There will be a 15-minute limit per game.

Team Selection: Composition of each pair will include 1 All Star Fan guest

and 1 Special Olympics athlete. The 8 pairs will be divided into 2 teams of

4 pairs led by 1 celebrity captain/player.

ROLLER Skating (4 teams)

Date: June 28, 2011 Venue: Peace & Friendship Stadium (SEF Main Hall)

Concept: 4x100m rollerskating relay with 4 teams compiled of 4 members

each team.

Team Selection: Composition of the team will include 1 All Star Fan

guest, 1 youth leader, 1 fan, and 1 Special Olympics athlete.

Beach Volleyball (2 teams)

Date: June 29, 2011

Venue: Peace & Friendship Stadium

(SEF Beach Volleyball Venue)

Concept: Conduct a Unified Beach Volleyball game. The match will be the

best out of three (15 points rally scoring sets).

Team Selection: Composition of the team will include 1 celebrity captain/

volleyballer, 1 youth leader/All Star Fan guest/fan and 8 Special Olympics athletes.

Players will rotate in.

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Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Additional Unity Sports Events may be added and

the number of teams as well as composition

for each sport may be adjusted.

Table Tennis (24 pairs per day)

Date: July 1—July 3, 2011

Venue: Peace & Friendship Stadium

(SEF Sport Training Halls 2)

Concept: Unity Day pairing of Special Olympics athletes with All Star Fan

guests. Each Special Olympic Athlete will play one (1) game which will be won

by the 1st to reach 11 points.

Team Selection: Composition of each pair will include 1 All Star Fan guest and

1 Special Olympics athlete.

Dragon Boat Racing (3 teams)

Date: July 1, 2011 Venue: Schinias Olympic Rowing & Canoeing Center

Concept: Participate in a 500 meter Dragon Boat race against two other boats.

Practice sessions will be arranged prior to the event.

Team Selection: Teams will include 1 drummer, 1 steerer and 10 paddlers.

The actual composition will be 2 All Star Fan guests, 1 youth leader, 3 fans, 4

Special Olympics athletes and a designated steerer and drummer.

Handball (4 teams, 40 players)

Date: July 1, 2011 Venue: Hellinikon Fencing Hall 2

Concept: Shootout Show—Fans and athletes form teams and participate in

a shootout knockout tournament. Teams receive points based on how many

goals they score.

Team Selection: Each team is composed of one goalkeeper and nine court

players as following: 1 celebrity captain/player, 2 handball fans from Athens, 1

youth leader, 2 All Star Fan guests and 4 Special Olympics athletes. All players

will have a chance to score. Four Special Olympics coaches will be nominated,

one for each team.

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Sailing (2-3 teams)

Date: July 1, 2011

Venue: Sailing Academy Schinias

Concept: A composition of 2-3 selected teams will sail 1-2 races with the Laser

bahia Boat after the Open Water Swimming. All participants are also invited to

watch prior to the races the competition of Open Water Swimming which is the

demonstration sport of Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011.

Team Selection: Composition of the team will include 1 All Star Fan guest,

1 fan, 2 Special Olympics athletes and 1 coach.

Athletics (8 teams)

Date: July 2, 2011 Venue: OAKA Olympic Stadium (Field of Play)

Concept: Conduct a 4x100m relay along with the 4x100m Special Olympics relay.

Team Selection: Composition of the team will include 1 All Star Fan guest, 2

Special Olympics athletes and 1 fan.

BOWLING (12 teams)

Date: July 2, 2011 Venue: Blanos Sports Park - Spata

Concept: Conduct a Unified Bowling Tournament where each team is

comprised of one Special Olympics athlete and three additional bowlers.

Team Selection: Composition of the team will include 1 All Star Fan guest,

1 fan/volunteer, 1 Special Olympics athlete and 1 youth leader.

Kayaking (2 teams, 6 pairs per team)

Date: July 2, 2011 Venue: Schinias Olympic Rowing & Canoeing Center

Concept: Conduct a 200 meter race featuring a Special Olympics athlete and

an All Star Fan guest/Fan. Practice sessions will be arranged prior to the event.

Team Selection: Composition of the pair will include 1 All Star Fan guest or

fan and 1 Special Olympics athlete.

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Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Additional Unity Sports Events may be added and

the number of teams as well as composition

for each sport may be adjusted.

SOFTBALL (2 teams)

Date: July 2, 2011

Venue: Hellinikon Olympic Softball Venue

Concept: Conduct a Softball Game the last day of the competition schedule.

The duration of the game will be 45 minutes running time along with 5-10

minutes warm up.

Team Selection: Composition of each team will include 1 celebrity captain/

softballer, 1 softball fan, 2 youth leaders, 3 All Star Fan guests, and 6 Special

Olympics athletes.

VOLLEYBALL (2 teams)

Date: July 2, 2011 Venue: OAKA Olympic Stadium - Kasimatis Hall

Concept: 1. An All Star match between selected ASF Guests, Special Olympic

athletes and fans. The match will be consisted of a 1-set of 25 points,

with a two-points difference. 2. Selected professional players participate

in a skills contest with Special Olympics athletes (e.g. Professional Volleyball

players would participate to serve a ball to contestants who would try to hit

designated targets on the court).

Team Selection: Composition of each team will include 1 celebrity captain/

volleyballer, 2 volleyball fans, 1 youth leader, 2 All Star Fan guests and 6 Special

Olympics athletes. Players will rotate in. Teams will be guided by Professional

well known coaches.

HALF Marathon & 10K

Date: July 3, 2011 Venue: Panathenaikon Stadium and City of Athens

Concept: Running teams and All Star Fan guests who are runners will be

invited to run with the Special Olympics marathon athletes to cheer them on

during their 21k run. The run will be a 10k loop where people can run 1 loop

or more as they provide encouragement to the Special Olympics marathoners.

10k Fun Run will be led by Joe Jonas and other celebrities.

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AQUATICS (8 teams)

Date: July 3, 2011

Venue: OAKA Olympic Aquatic Center

Concept: Conduct a 4x50 freestyle relay comprised of Special Olympics

athletes, All Star Fan guests and a select number of spectators who sign up.

All swimmers will sign a waiver that they can swim 50 meters unassisted. It is

anticipated that there will be eight relay teams comprised of four members each.

Team Selection: Composition of the team will include a 1 All Star Fan guest, 1

fan, 1 Special Olympics athlete, and 1 coach. Celebrity captains/swimmers will

oversee and participate in one of their 8 teams.

Basketball (2 teams)

Date: July 3, 2011 Venue: OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall (Main Arena)

Concept: Conduct a Unity Team Basketball Match. The duration of the game

will be 2x20 minute halves running time with 10 minute half-time break.

Team Selection: The total team members would be 10 and the composition

will be as follows: 1 captain, 1 fan, 1 youth leader, 2 All Star Fan guests and

5 Special Olympic athletes.

Bocce (8 teams)

Date: July 3, 2011

Venue: Peace & Friendship Stadium

(SEF Sport Training Halls 1)

Concept: Team event (four players per team), four individual games that will

be run simultaneously in four bocce courts.

Team Selection: Composition of team will include 1 Special Olympic Athlete, 1

fan, 1 volunteer and 1 All Star Fan guest. Composition of referee/judges for each

court will include 1 Referee, 1 Bocce Special Olympic athlete and 1 volunteer.

Football (2 teams)

Date: July 3, 2011 Venue: Hellinikon Olympic Baseball Venue

Concept: Conduct a Unified Football seven aside match between two

Unified Celebrity teams. The match will be two 15-minute halves.

Team Selection: The total team members would be 12 and the composition

will be as follows: 1 captain, 1 football fan from Athens, 1 youth footballer, 3

All Star Fan guests and 6 Special Olympic athletes.

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Be a fan.

Commit to

making a

difference.

Join a Unity

Sports Event

We want you to be part of the

Unity Sports Events at the Special Olympics

Summer World Games ATHENS 2011. To register your

interest in participating in one of the Unity Sports Events

please contact Cheri DeQuattro at +1 202-824-0297

or e-mail cdequattro@specialolympics.org.

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About Unified Sports ®

Bringing People Together

In communities around the world, from Boston to Johannesburg to Shanghai, Special Olympics athletes

and their teammates without intellectual disabilities practice and play together as part of a unified team.

By having fun together in a variety of sports ranging from basketball to golf to figure skating,

Unified Sports ® athletes and partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge

the competition and help to overcome prejudices about intellectual disability.

Benefits for Unified Sports ® athletes:

• Learn new sports

• Develop higher-level sports skills

• New competition experiences

• Meaningful inclusion

• Opportunity to socialize with peers and form new friendships

• Participation within their communities and have choices

beyond Special Olympics.

“Quite often you do get judged a lot as a person with an intellectual

disability. But when you actually sit there and speak, and speak well and

people respect you, it is really big. And it feels really good.”

—Ben Haack, Special Olympics Australia athlete

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About Special

Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by

encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities,

promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding

and respect worldwide.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics

movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to nearly 3.4 million

athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing

year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs.

Special Olympics now takes place every day, changing the lives of people

with intellectual disabilities in places like China and from regions like

the Middle East to the community playgrounds and ball fields in every

small neighborhood’s backyard. Special Olympics provides individuals

with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their

potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience

joy and friendship.

To learn more about Special Olympics, visit www.specialolympics.org

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Let me win. but if I cannot win,

let me be brave in the attempt.

For more information about Unity Sports Events or to

indicate your interest in participating, please contact:

CHERI DEQUATTRO

Special Olympics

1133 19th St.NW, 12th Floor

Washington, DC 20036

+1 202-824-0297 | cdequattro@specialolympics.org

www.specialolympics.org


“There is no joy like the joy of unleashing the

human spirit. There is no laughter like the laughter of those

who are happy with others. There is no purpose nobler

than to build communities of acceptance for all.

This is our glory.”

—EKS, remarks at NICHD – Eunice Kennedy Shriver National

Institute of Child Health and Human Development,

Washington DC, March 3, 2008

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