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Special Olympics Founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was honoured posthumously with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 25th ESPYS presented by Capital One on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  The award was presented by former U.S first lady Michelle Obama to Tim Shriver, who now chairs the Special Olympics and accepted the award on her behalf.

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Special Olympics Nigeria in partnership with the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), would implement a programme called "Football for Hope". This strategic initiative will embody FIFA's philosophy of "socially responsible, involved, and committed". The objective of Football for Hope is to bring together, support, advise, and strengthen sustainable social and human development programmes in the areas of peace promotion, children's rights and education, health promotion, anti-discrimination and social integration.

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The Special Olympics Nigeria-ExxonMobil ground breaking Malaria/HIV initiative also known as ‘’Skillz For Life programme’’ commenced in South-South region of Nigeria with the training of coaches. This year, the initiative was extended to reach out to persons with intellectual disabilities (PWID) in the South-South and South-East region of Nigeria.

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Marvelous Adewopo is among several dozen athletes Microsoft is featuring through a multiyear partnership with Special Olympics. The initiative includes a campaign dubbed “We Are More,” which involves pairing Special Olympics athletes with people who share a passion with them outside of sports.

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On the 29th of April 2017, Special Olympics Nigeria celebrated the World Malaria Day (WMD) by organising various activities to express its solidarity with the global fight against malaria.
The event which took place at the St. Finbarr’s College Akoka Lagos, had activities which include the following;

  • Malaria and HIV Voluntary Counselling and testing (VCT) for all participants in the ExxonMobil sponsored SKILLZ for life project
  • A Family Health Forum
  • And a Unified Soccer Match

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