2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

From Genevieve Bamwidhukire

2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games Fly Ugandan team. The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games are a multi-sport event for athletes with intelle...

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The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games are a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement.

2019 Games will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 11–21, 2019.Uganda Special Olympics will send team of 100 athletes to participate.

About Special Olympics Uganda

Special Olympics Uganda SOU is the local chapter of Special Olympics International (SOI) whose goal is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs.

Our Challenge

Unfortunately, many Ugandan athletes that would benefit most from attending and competing at the world Games face numerous challenges due to limited financial resources available to cover their transport to the Games venue. We have set up this fundraising campaign particularly seeking for Return air tickets costs, team preparation expenses and kits The team is currently facing a massive financial constraint that may not enable us take part in the upcoming world winter games. It has been support of well-wishers across the world that has in most cases made it possible for our athletes since most of these athletes come from single parent families with humble backgrounds but would love to showcase their talent on the grandeur stage. Our goal is to raise $28,700 before the end of February 2018 to allow us secure affordable travel booking.

Facts about the Games

The Games will feature seven days of competition in 24 sports. There will be court sports: badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, handball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There will be races in athletics, cycling, kayaking, open water swimming, roller skating, sailing, swimming and triathlon. Judged competitions will be equestrian, judo, artistic gymnasts and rhythmic gymnastics. Rounding out the list of sports are bowling, football, golf and powerlifting.

Many thousands of people will take part or watch the Games. An estimated 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and their 2,600 coaches will arrive early to get used to the time zone and temperature.

As a tradition athletes from Uganda over the years have been supported by well-wishers for both preparation and participation in the world games. We are optimistic 2019 presence will be of huge impact as we plan to feature about 100 athletes’ both from men and women that will showcase skills in: Football, Basketball, tennis, Volleyball and Athletics ,

We extend our request to well-wishers in order to enable our athletes participate Thank you for your support!!!

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