A wonderful evening of inclusion
On Monday, October 17th, Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver kicked off an ‘Evening for Inclusion’ at the Viennese House of Sport to help celebrate five months until the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Special Olympics Founding Partner Coca-Cola hosted the event, bringing together over 100 attendees to celebrate the upcoming Games including Special Olympics International Global Messenger Johanna Pramstaller, Special Olympics Sportsman of the Year, Jochen Hugmann, Prof. Dr. Alexander van der Bellen, Rudolf Hundstorfer, Michael Ostrowski, Jürgen Winter.
Coca-Cola celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Get active Social Business Award, which recognizes those individuals or organizations who are making an active contribution to the global 5by20 initiative and who are also celebrating the inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in Austria. Fatima Almukhtar and Dominik Beron were awarded the 2016 winners for the development of their Austrian start-up “Refugeeswork.at”, which promotes employment and training for refugees. In the first week of launch of their start-up, 100 employers and 700 refugees. Almukhtar and Beron were awarded 80,000 euros for their project.
With the exception of the USA, Austria is the only country in the world that will host the Special Olympics World Games for the second time. In terms of participants, the Special Olympics World Winter Games will be the largest sporting event in Austria in 2017. Some 2,600 athletes from 107 nations will be present. To this end, 1,100 coaches, 5,000 family members, 3,000 volunteers 800 media representatives, 2,000 honored guests and conference participants are expected.