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National Special Olympics Games Loutraki 2024

National Special Olympics Games Loutraki 2024

From May 24 to 29, 2024, the facilities of the Municipality of Loutraki-Perachora-Agioi Theodoroi and SPORTCAMP sports center will host the National Special Olympics Games Loutraki 2024 Games, sending a strong message of optimism, fair play, and inclusion!

The National Special Olympics Games Loutraki 2024 will welcome over 400 athletes with intellectual disabilities, along with their companions, coaches, volunteers, and Special Olympics partners, not only from all over Greece but also from Cyprus, Hungary, and Ukraine. They will compete at SPORTCAMP facilities and the Municipality of Loutraki-Perachora-Agioi Theodoroi in Athletics, Swimming, Powerlifting, and Bocce.

The Games will be open to the public, as well as the parallel activities accompanying the event:

  • Tennis training camp on Monday, May 27, and Tuesday, May 28, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM & Tennis coaches' seminar on Sunday, May 26, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
  • Celebration of the European Special Olympics Football Week 2024 on Tuesday, May 28, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
  • The "Healthy Athletes" program, lasting three days, from Sunday, May 26 to Tuesday, May 28, from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, which includes five specialties of doctors and health professionals who will provide a series of medical examinations and services, as well as counseling, completely free of charge.
  • The "Family Forum" on Sunday, May 26, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, an open interactive meeting for the families of the athletes, with presentations from scientists and experts in health and disability.
  • Motor Activity Training Program (M.A.T.P.) on Monday, May 27, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, which is a motor skills training program.
  • Special Festival - cinema, climbing, crafts, Zumba dancing, and construction activities, providing opportunities for Special Olympics athletes to enjoy themselves during their stay at SPORTCAMP.

It is a great honor to host the Special Olympics Games once again at the SPORTCAMP facilities. The facilities are fully equipped and offer safe and accessible spaces for Special Olympics athletes. Hosting the event at SPORTCAMP demonstrates the center’s dedication to creating an inclusive society where all athletes can achieve their goals and experience victory.

The President of Special Olympics Hellas, Mr. Dionysios Kodellas, Ambassador e.t., stated:

“With joy, enthusiasm, and anticipation, we look forward to our biennial meeting in our beloved Loutraki. Let’s make these Games another precious journey towards inclusion and acceptance, focusing on our athletes who are steadily claiming the obvious: to be included through sports, as equal members of society under conditions of respect and solidarity.”

The Games are under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs & Sports and supported by the Region of Peloponnese and the Municipality of Loutraki-Perachora-Agioi Theodoroi.

Major Sponsor: Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Gold Sponsor: Attica Group

Other Sponsors: DESFA, Admiral, Toyota Hellas, COCA COLA, KAOUSIS S.A., DELTA, AIGEA AMKE, Sklavenitis Group

Communication Sponsor: Athens-Macedonian News Agency, Socialdoo

Partners: Municipality of Loutraki-Perachora-Agioi Theodoroi, Hellenic Police, Hellenic Red Cross, Athens Medical Association, Hippocratic Institute of Physicians Worldwide, SEGAS – Hellenic Athletics Federation, School of Physical Education and Sport Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Physical Education of Democritus University of Thrace, Ministry of National Defense / School of Engineering.

Implementing Organization: SPORTCAMP

The grand Opening Ceremony of the Games will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 12:00 PM at Ypanema Seaside Food & Drinks. The Closing Ceremony will be held at the Open Theater of SPORTCAMP on Tuesday, May 28, at 9:00 PM.