Best Thoughts Come from Others
Trešdiena, 30 novembris 2011 09:26


November 30, 2011

Hello everyone,

Our best thoughts come from others.” (Emerson)

2011 is as much about community as it is about transforming lives through the joy of sport. Working with Special Olympics you become part of a wider global family.

At Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) we have been working hard in 2011 to make sure that all of our 58 national programmes benefit from being part of this greater community and share in the ideas, best practices, and success that are taking place across the region.

Over the past 12 months, SOEE has hosted 14 regional training workshops in a variety of locations from Prague to Helsinki, Dublin to Malta and Moscow to Le Hague many having been made possible through the support of the EU. The Conferences and workshops have provided support in Communications, Legacy, Coaching, Volunteers, Unified Sports and much more, all with the aim of ensuring a strong legacy from the World Games in Athens and building solid plans for the future. 

Above all they served to show us that we all face the same challenges and working together we can change them into successes. I never cease to be amazed and encouraged by the courage you show every day in pursuit of our mission. We look forward to creating new opportunities to maintain and strenghten these relationships with our programmes in 2012 and beyond.

Our partners are also sharing the feeling. On November 10th, legal firm CMS Cameron McKenna held a Wear the Laces Day when, in a fantastic display of solidarity, employees from nine European offices held simultaneous mass gatherings at some of Europe’s best loved landmarks.

This week more than 30 of our national programmes conclude 2011 European Basketball Week with support from FIBA Europe and Euroleague. With an estimated 17,000 athletes, 10,000 spectators and 5,000 volunteers participating this event is another testament to the strength of the Special Olympics family.

We are glad to include you as a member!

Warmest regards,

Denis Doolan, Acting SOEE President & Managing Director


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