St. Kitts and Nevis will share success stories and give helpful advice as delegates from 139 countries deliberate the future of Special Olympics.

National Director of the local programme Clarice Cotton told SKNIS that the Chairman of the Board Lloyd Lazar will be attending the 2010 Special Olympics Global Congress slated for June 06-10, in Marrakech, Morocco.

special-olympics-logoLazar’s participation was endorsed fully by Special Olympics North America which is impressed with the local programme and the support it receives from the Government headed by Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas. The association got a firsthand account of this when Prime Minister Douglas signed a developmental partnership agreement at the Special Olympics Caribbean Business Meeting held in St. Kitts in April last year.

Ms. Cotton noted that this is the first time a representative from the Federation is attending the Global Congress. She added that the local association is honoured to participate and is anxious to chart the way forward for the movement along with delegates from 173 other programmes.

The work of the Congress will focus on athlete experience, building communities, fan engagement, movement leadership and sustainable capabilities.

The 2010 Global Congress is being supported under the Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco and is made possible through the vision and leadership of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Amina, who also serves on Special Olympics’ International’s Board of Directors.

Over four days, the Global Congress will give delegates from the Caribbean the opportunity to carry the torch of Special Olympics late founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Mrs. Shriver will be honored as Special Olympics’ leadership ignites an even bolder movement in support of the Special Olympics mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. They will also seek to build communities of acceptance and inclusion throughout the world.

Special Olympics Caribbean recently announced that other regional participants include the National Directors and or Chairpersons of SO (Special Olympics) Bahamas, SO Trinidad & Tobago and SO Guadeloupe. In addition SO Caribbean Board Chairperson, Ms Maureen Webber (Jamaica) and SO Global Ambassador, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow (Belize) will attend the Global Congress.

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