Special Olympics founded in 1968, with over 172 countries participating, happens every two years. Israel with over 40,000 people with intellectual disabilities participates in the Special Olympics every year.
Special Olympic Games
The special Olympic games are an international sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The first games were held in Chicago in 1968. The goal is to showcase the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities on a global stage. Through media coverage, the achievements of these athletes, children, and adults are made known to millions of people around the world.
The special Olympic logo is based on a sculpture called Joy and Happiness to all of the Children around the World. Which was a gift to SUNY Brockport when they hosted the Special Olympics in 1979. The logo has gone through many changes over time. The logo is a symbol of growth, confidence and joy among children and adults who have disabilities. In 2018, the eternal flame of hope was made as a statue. The flame of hope is the name given to the torch that is carried to and lit at the special Olympics.
Israel and the Special Olympics
Israel has been part of the Special Olympics since the beginning. In 2014 the Games were held Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Israel was determined to be there, nothing was going to stop those athletes from competing. Compete they did, that year Israel won 19 medals, 4 gold, 6 silver, and 9 bronze.
Israel and the World
The state of Israel was established in 1948, it was then attacked by surrounding countries. Due to bad media coverage and the BDS Movement, Israel has had to prove itself to the world. With the amount of technology, science and more that has been developed in Israel it will surprise you.
First, in Israel alone there are over 6000 start ups. Some examples of what Israel has done.
- The Pillcam, a camera small enough to sallow so Drs can see inside your digestive system, pretty impressive right?
- The USB, that tiny flash drive you use, yep, created in Israel
- Ever feel like you can’t find your way? and you turn on Waze for directions? Yep, Waze was created in Israel.
- The epilator, use this to remove hair.
- That delicious peanut butter snack called Bamba
Israel has done so much to improve the world and humanity.