2003 Special Olympics

28th July 2003, Comments 0 comments

A fundraising Golf Classic at the Chateau de la Tournette managed to raise a staggering EUR 10,000 for the 11th Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held in Ireland in June 2003 – the first time they have ever travelled outside of the United States. Last Wednesday 7 May saw 21 teams of four players each signing up in the early-morning sunshine, ready to tackle the golf club’s American course. The event was sponsored by over 30 local associations and companies, while prizes o

A fundraising Golf Classic at the Chateau de la Tournette managed to raise a staggering EUR 10,000 for the 11th Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held in Ireland in June 2003 – the first time they have ever travelled outside of the United States.

Last Wednesday 7 May saw 21 teams of four players each signing up in the early-morning sunshine, ready to tackle the golf club’s American course.

The event was sponsored by over 30 local associations and companies, while prizes on the day were handed out by Irish Ambassador to Belgium, His Excellency Barrie Robinson.

 European Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou and Economy Minister for the Walloon region, Serge Kubla, were also present in support of the event.

The Special Olympics will start in Dublin on 29 June and continue for nine days at various other venues throughout the country. About 7,000 athletes, 3000 coaches and officials and 28,000 families and friends will be attending the event.

The Special Olympics, a worlwide sports movement for people with learning disabilities (mental handicap), were founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver over 30 years ago, the organisation is now active in over 160 countries.

The Special Olympics World Games are held summer and winter once every four years and for the first time ever they will be travelling outside of the United States when they reach the Emerald Isle. The theme chosen for the 2003 Games is ‘Share the Feeling’.

Sports features will include Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Roller-skating, Sailing, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Team Handball, and Volleyball.

The event has involved over 170 communities across Ireland through the Host Town Programme, thousands of primary and secondary schoolchildren through the School Enrichment Programme, and 30,000 volunteers of all ages.

Watch out for the Special Olympics torch - shortly to pass through Belgium.

Full details of the games are available on:
http://www.2003specialolympics.com

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