The significance of the Special Olympics National Games Thuringia 2024The significance of the Special Olympics National Games Thuringia 2024
3,000 excited faces could be seen at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics National Games Thuringia 2024 on the town square in Oberhof.
Over a total of five days, 900 athletes with intellectual and multiple disabilities will compete in 10 sports in Oberhof, Erfurt and Weimar at the largest inclusive sporting event. "I want to win, but if I can't win, I will courageously do my best" is the athlete's oath that drives the participants to give their best.
For the Special Olympics athletes, the opening ceremony marked the start of a week full of sporting ambition and emotion. Tatjana Raible, athlete spokesperson from Baden-Württemberg and snowshoer: "I'm looking forward to the competitions this week. I am also very proud that I was able to light the flame of the Winter Games at the opening ceremony. It's a great feeling just to be there. In addition to meeting the other athletes, I would also love to win a medal."
Christiane Krajewski, President of Special Olympics Germany (SOD), emphasises the importance of the event for inclusion in Germany: "We are delighted that, after the World Games in Berlin, we can set the next example for an open and inclusive society here in Thuringia. Flagship events such as the National Games are the ideal starting point for promoting greater inclusion and creating encounters. The attention must be used to initiate further structural changes beyond sport, including in education, health and work. We are grateful that so many supporters from all areas of our society - so together we are strong - continue to stand by our side."
Our CMO Mokhtar Benbouazza was also present at the opening ceremony and was visibly impressed: "It was a great experience, the positive energy on site is indescribable. Special Olympics is about bringing people together, about respect, cohesion and confidence. It's a spirit that fits perfectly with the s.Oliver brand essence. This provides a tailwind for further collaboration with the SOD team."
We see fashion as an expression of solidarity and inspiration. As a fashion partner of Special Olympics Germany, we are therefore not only sponsors, but also enthusiastic fans and helpers. This week, 10 employees will be on site to provide support in the ice rink as corporate volunteers. We hope you enjoy the final spurt and continue to have emotional experiences!
Photos: Jo Henker