First stop in the European Basketball Week – Special Olympics was the inclusive event at Pierce – The American College of Greece, on November 30th, in which athletes of Special Olympics Hellas took part in unified Basketball Games, with players of the youth team of Panathinaikos Academy and players from the Pierce Gymnasium and Lyceum.
Athletes with and without mental disability from all over Greece, once again, made a dynamic presence and competed together in the court, learnt from each other, did their best, were rewarded for their efforts, became friends and set an example of co-existence and solidarity!
At the event, President of the Special Olympics Hellas, Ambassador of Honor Dionysios Kordellas, President of the American College of Greece, Dr. David G. Horner and Senior Vice President of Administration & Pierce, Mrs. Iliana Lazana made a welcome address. The guests were welcomed by the athlete of the Special Olympics Hellas Dimitrios Derventzas and the Youth Leader of the Special Olympics and Pierce Gymnasium student Angelina Kyroussi. The Directors of the Gymnasium, Lyceum, and IB of Pierce received the respective Certifications and commemorative plaques and the event ended with the Basket-ball games, a dance performance by our students and the Oath of the Special Olympics Hellas Athlete!
The event was actualized with the support of the Educational Program “Play Unified, Learn Unified” which was materialized by the Special Olympics, with a donation offered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.