Strenghtening Partnership with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
Spring brings some breaking news - ENGSO Youth signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia!
“ENGSO Youth stands for inclusion and we are keen to shape European sport practises giving equal opportunities for everyone. Our relationship with Special Olympics Europe Eurosia has started several years ago and signing MoU is not only the formal promise to keep our cooperation going, it is a way to make our actions real. We are very grateful for everyone who have helped and will help us in this journey.“
– said Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė, ENGSO Youth committee member.
ENGSO Youth is uniquely positioned to provide support to Special Olympics Youth Leaders throughout diverse avenues for cooperation. Among many other opportunities, ENGSO Youth participate in Youth Activation events, volunteer at Games, and engage in Unified Sports. Meanwhile, Special Olympics Youth Leaders share their expertise about inclusive Sport and Youth Activation initiatives for inclusion. Further, Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia shares their best practises concerning sport with youths with intellectual disabilities.
With this mutual partnership, ENGSO Youth and Special Olympics contribute together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely reducing inequalities, by 2030.
In the MoU signing event ENGSO Youth Committee had a chance to meet Ms Orsolya Kárpáti – International Coordinator SO Hungary visiting our newly established office in Hungary together with Mr Ádám Hammar – Young Athlete and his Mentor Ms Regina Kaiser who shared their stories and once again reminded us on our common goals.
Considering successful practices as described above, Special Olympics and ENGSO Youth agree to proceed forward, jointly committing to:
Both organizations will provide ideas and support each other to realize common projects to promote inclusion in/through sport among European sports organizations. In particular, SOEE will provide expertise and good practices concerning sport for people with Intellectual Disabilities (Unified Sports® and inclusive Youth Activation) and ENGSO Youth will use its connection within youth world and European sport organization network to (1) Raise awareness and (2) make sure that sport and youth projects and activities on the European level are accessible and open for all. Whenever convenient both sides can join their channels for communication and spread the word about their missions and activities by supporting or creating inclusive campaigns.
ENGSO Youth and SOEE agree to raise the voice of inclusive Youth Leaders/Unified Pairs among European youth organizations, youth platforms and European Institutions in order to advocate for a more inclusive society in and through sport. “It’s not about them if it’s without them” ENGSO Youth and SOEE to call all sport and youth existing avenues to give the youth a role in shaping the agendas, needs and policies to all the young people.
SOEE to send Unified Pairs (Athlete and Partner) to ENGSO Youth events by serving as a guest speaker, participants, co-organizer or promoter to provide clear evidence of the strength of the inclusive approach for fostering inclusion.
ENGSO Youth and Special Olympics to support each other in expanding their network, whenever it comes to the common topics, applying together for grants and maximizing their influential action for inclusion in/through sport in European countries.
ENSGO Youth to direct its volunteers/delegates to use their skills and expertise – governance, fundraising, public relations, etc. – to provide support to SOEE local/national Program and SOEE will provide space and include ENGSO Youth volunteers in their training/seminars programs to join Unified Teams and become part of the Unified Generation.