The doctor told Tania Chura‘s parents that she would never be able to walk, and that, with luck, she’d be able to sit in a wheelchair. Today, Tania not only walks everywhere, but she’s also representing Bolivia in Athletics during the Abu Dhabi World Games 2019! The young athlete trains every day, and confessed to us how proud her family is of her, being the first one to participate in an international competition! With your help, Tania can show everyone that all her efforts have not been in vain, and proudly return to her country and family with some victory gold!
Aquiles Heredia, a Venezuelan athlete, has dreamed of representing his country internationally for years. Neither his intellectual disability, nor his cerebral palsy or quadriplegia stopped Aquiles from conquering each and every obstacle he faced to classify and represent Venezuela in swimming during the Abu Dhabi World Games 2019. You can help him finish his journey!
Aldo Jesús López Santana was born prematurely, and spent 40 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
He was diagnosed with a heart murmur and pulmonary atresia. He receives medical treatment for his epileptic seizures. He has Chiari malformation and intellectual disability.
But Aldo also obtained gold, silver and bronze medals in the Puebla National Games 2018. He practices a variety of sports: swimming, horse-riding, softball, handball and discus throw. And he will represent Mexico in Cycling during the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
25 year-old Fátima Guadalupe Espinoza Zeledón shows us all an athlete can achieve with dedication, perseverance and a joyful spirit. Winner of dozens of national and international medals in Artistic Gymnastics, Fátima is also a part of the Athlete Leaderprogram in El Salvador, and she works as a teacher’s assistant and jewelry artist.
The government of El Salvador bestowed her with the ‘Prominent Sportsperson of El Salvador’ award, in honor of her outstanding achievements and invaluable contributions to sports. She is an iconic personality of the Special Olympics movement in her country, frequently invited to TV and radio shows.
Fátima’s disability has not stopped her; it has made her stronger. And she will proudly represent El Salvador and Latin America in the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
They have the burning desire to win and the unbreakable will to ensure their victory. Their disabilities have not slowed them down: instead, it sparked the fire within them, making them reach higher and further, both in and out of the field.
But, to show the world all they’re capable of, Special Olympics needs your help.
THE ROAD TO ABU DHABI:
The Special Olympics World Games are iconic events for the movement. They are held every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter games. Thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans attend to witness and cheer the skills and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities.
With your donation, you will support over 530 Latin American athletes and their efforts to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, the biggest sports celebration of inclusion, respect and empowerment the region has ever seen, with over7,000 athletes representing more than 170 countries around the world.
The World Games, held on March 14 through 21, will also be the biggest global stage in the history of Special Olympics, with dozens of international media outlets from all continents and regions covering the event.
Choose to include. Support our determined heroes with a donation and let the whole world witness the strength of these champions.
HOW CAN I HELP?
With your donation, you help Special Olympics fund the travel expenses for Latin American athletes that will represent their country and región in the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Our initial goal ensures various athletes from the region will be able to participate in the Games, where they can show the whole world the passion for their discipline, their unbreakable determination and the strength and beauty of the human spirit.
Helps us reach that goal! Share this page in social media and show it to your family and friends. Our athletes are determined to be champions; with your support, you’ll see them triumph!
ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION:
Special Olympics Latin America can be found in 20 countries in the region, with over 334 thousand athletes participating in over 7,000 sports competitions each year. Special Olympics Latin America encompasses a broad variety of cultures, languages and customs, but with a single common purpose – a passionate commitment to the promotion of respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities, through the power of sports. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Flickr.
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