Support Uganda Special Olympics Team to the World Games 2019

Support Uganda Special Olympics Team to the World Games 2019

Special Olympics Uganda to Abu Dhabi March 2019

2019 World Games

 Every two years the Special Olympics hold its World Games. Alternating between summer and Winter Games, the Special Olympics World Games is usually – and certainly will be in 2019 in Abu Dhabi – the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world that year.

Support Special Olympics Uganda Team participates at world summer games in Abu Dhabi 2019

About us

Special Olympics Uganda SOU trading as special Sports limited is the local chapter of Special Olympics International (SOI) whose goal is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.

World Games in MENA for the First Time

The Special Olympics World Games will take place in venues throughout Abu Dhabi March 14-21, 2019. These will be the first Special Olympics World Games held in the Middle East.

A Vision of Inclusion in Abu Dhabi

The Games will be held in March 2019. The Games will be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019. 

Abu Dhabi is one of seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates. It’s also the capital city of the UAE.

The World Games in Abu Dhabi, capital city of the United Arab Emirates, will be the largest, most spectacular and inspiring in history.

The 2019 Games begin with a star-studded Opening Ceremony on 14 March in the iconic Zayed Sports City Stadium in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the largest sports venue in the Gulf. The emotional climax of every World Games Opening Ceremony is the Parade of Athletes, each delegation following its placard proudly to share their pride and excitement.

In addition to the over 7,000 hours of sports competition the Games will feature host several non-sports activities and programs, including Healthy Athletes free health screenings for all team members, a GenUin Global Youth Summit, Global Policy Summit and Dialogue, the Special Olympics Festivals, Family and Honored Guests Hospitality Centers, Live and Play Unified Fan Zones at every sports venue, Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg and the Special Olympics Dance Challenge. 


Facts about the Games

The Games will feature seven days of competition in 24 sports. There will be court sports: badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, handball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There will be races in athletics, cycling, kayaking, open water swimming, roller skating, sailing, swimming and triathlon. Judged competitions will be equestrian, judo, artistic gymnasts and rhythmic gymnastics. Rounding out the list of sports are bowling, football, golf and powerlifting.

Many thousands of people will take part or watch the Games. An estimated 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and their 2,600 coaches will arrive early to get used to the time zone and temperature. Abu Dhabi itself will provide 20,000 volunteers and up to 500,000 spectators. The families of the athletes will number 6,000. And there’s an expectation that 2,000 reporters, photographers, videographers and bloggers will capture the games for international media. Honored guests of Special Olympics could number 4,000, too. There will be 7,000 athletes,2500 coaches and delegates,170 participating nations,20,000 volunteers,24 sports,4,000 Honored Guests,6,000 Family Members 500,000 plus spectators on site, with millions watching globally.

The Challenge

Unfortunately, many Ugandan athletes that would benefit most from attending and competing at the world Games face numerous challenges due to limited financial resources available to cover their transport to the Games venue. We have set up this fundraising campaign particularly seeking for air tickets cover, team preparation expenses and kits

The World Games Team from Uganda consists of 33 athletes competing in:

Athletics, Aquatics, Football and Volleyball   In addition, there are 13 officials,3 media  and one medical personnel accompanying the athletes (coaches and chaperones) who will assist the athletes through the competition and travel experience alongside 4 volunteer media staff.

The team is currently facing a massive financial constraint that may not enable us take part in the upcoming world summer games. It has been support of well-wishers across the world that has in most cases made it possible for our athletes since most of these athletes come from single parent families with humble backgrounds but would love to showcase their talent on the grandeur stage.

Our goal is to raise $80,000 before the end of January 2019 to allow us secure affordable Round air ticket and kit for the games that are due in March 2019 .We believe attending the games will be a wonderful experience for us and would be grateful for any contributions to this goal.



To support team Uganda

Write to Genevieve   Bamwidhukire

National Director