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Special Olympics & Special Olympics Floorball

Special Olympics (SO) is the largest sports organisation for persons with Intellectual Disability with more than 4,2 million officially registered athletes and 0,5 million coaches in 183 countries in all Regions of the World.

Special Olymics includes 33 different sports, 26 summer sports, 7 winter sports Floorball being the youngest sport in this long list.

The IFF and the Special Olympics signed the Proclamation for partnership during the IFF General Assembly 2011 and the IFF and Special Olympics have looked into different ways of strengthening the cooperation.

Special Olympics Floorball is played with 3 players and goalies. The playing area is 20 x 12 m.

Floorball a demonstration sport in SO World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea 2013.

The Special Olympics World Winter Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disability and 10th edition took place January 29th to February 5th 2013. The Special Olympics Sports Committee (CTAC) selected eight Programs (nations) for the floorball demo in 2013 World Games (WG) in Korea: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Korea, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland.

Final Standings in the Special Olympics WG 2013:

A-division
1. Finland
2. Russia
3. Denmark
4. Sweden
B-divsion
1. Switzerland
2. Austria
3. Ireland
4. Korea
The next Special Olympics World Winter Games are organised in Austria 2017.


About Special Olympics

Through its sports programs, Special Olympics strives to provide long-term benefits to individuals‘ health, self-esteem and social integration. Special Olympics and Paralympics are two separate organisations recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Special Olympics provides sports opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ability levels. Paralympics provides opportunities for elite-level athletes with disabilities.

Special Olympics Floorball Ambassadors

Mika Kohonen, Tero Tiitu, Dominika Steglova and Nina Bärtschi are the first ever Floorball Ambassadors for Special Olympics (elected in the end of 2012)

The Special Olympics Floorball Ambassadors will work to shed light on the dignity of people with intellectual disabilities and build support for Special Olympics and its message of acceptance and inclusion for all people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Floorball Resource Team

The Special Olympics Floorball Resource team was established in June 2012 and consists of a chair and four members:
Steen Houman (DEN), chair, Steenhou(at)roskilde.dk
Mairusz Damentko (POL & SOEE), mdamsoce(at)it.com.pl
Aldo Doninelli (SUI & SOEE), doninelli(at)specialolympics.ch
Jonas Hviid (DEN), jshvi(at)frederikssund.dk
Merita Bruun (FIN & IFF), bruun (at)floorball.org

Special Olympics Floorball Materials

Special Olympics Floorball Rules of the Game
Special Olympics Floorball Individual Skill Contest (ISC) & Score Sheet ISC
Special Olympics Floorball video clips on IFF Youtube channel
Special Olympics Floorball photos on IFF Flickr
Special Olympics Floorball education material on Special Olympics website here

More Special Olympics information:

Special Olympic website: www.specialolympics.org
Special Olympics Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympics

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