What a beauty to play football together, with and without intellectual disabilities!

The “XXII European Special Olympics Football Week” will be presented tomorrow, May 12, in Rome, a traditional event dedicated to unified football, promoted by Special Olympics (the international movement of sport practiced by people with intellectual disabilities) , scheduled from 20 to 29 May in 45 European countries, with the participation of more than 35,000 athletes with and without intellectual disabilities (more than 3,500 in Italy), for a total of 450 different activities. In our country, the initiative is sponsored by the FIGC Federation, the Serie A and Serie B football leagues.

It will be presented during a press conference scheduled at Rome for tomorrow morning Thursday, May 12th (11 a.m.), in the Paolo Rossi Room of the FIGC (Italian Football Federation), in the presence of Gabriele Gravinapresident of the same FIGC, the XXII European Special Olympics Football Weekfully dedicated traditional event unified footballpromoted by Special Olympicsthe international movement of sport practiced by people with intellectual disabilities, and supported byUEFAthe European Football Federation, to be held from 20 to 29 May simultaneously a 45 countries Europeansinvolving beyond 35,000 athletes with and without intellectual disabilitiesfor a total good 450 different activities.
Specifically in our country, the initiative, sponsored by FIGC, Lega di Serie A and Lega B football, will be more than 3,500 those who will participate in unified football routes and tournaments, with the involvement of schools and god Special Olympics team present in the territory.

At tomorrow’s press conference they will connect remotely Giovanni Malagòpresident of the CONI e Luca Pancalli. President of the CIP (Italian Paralympic Committee). They will also talk Alessio Ficini I Samuel Simoncinirespectively athlete and Special Olympics partner athlete, to declare the importance of unified football as a generator of inclusion on and off the pitch.
In particular, to strongly support this edition of the European Special Olympics Football Week It will be there League Series A which will be dedicated to Special Olympics on thirty-seventh day of the championshipprovided by May 14 and 15, in order to publicize the unified game among the general public. On this occasion, therefore, before the start of the matches, he will enter all the fields of Serie A. Special Olympics flag which will promote the “Match” against stereotypes and prejudices, unfortunately still too present today, towards people with intellectual disabilities. At the same time, the video will be shown on the big screens of the stadiums #We return to the fieldpromotion of National Summer Games Special Olympicsto be held in Turin from 4 to 9 June, the first national event in attendance after a long hiatus from the pandemic. From his tenure, the speakers will present the Special Olympics mission, which creates continuous opportunities for the movement’s athletes to demonstrate their skills and grow in terms of autonomy, but also for many others to “leave the bench” to promote inclusion. .
And last but not least, to give more prominence to this message of peace and inclusion, they will think the same Series A teamsthat between 20 and 29 May will propose on social media its best game actions with the hashtag #EffettoSpecialOlympics. (SB)

For more information and more information: stampa@specialolympics.it (Giampiero Casale).

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