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Jack Grealish: Manchester City and England midfielder in new Special Olympics role | Soccer News

Jack Grealish: Manchester City and England midfielder in new Special Olympics role | Soccer News

England and Manchester City and England midfielder Jack Grealish has signed up with Special Olympics GB as a lead ambassador campaigning for greater inclusion in sport.

Grealish is committed to a long-term role with the aim of increasing the visibility of the charity’s work and fostering support and opportunities for the one and a half million people living with developmental disabilities in Great Britain. Britain today.

The non-profit organization, the largest provider of year-round sports training and competition for children and adults of all abilities with intellectual disabilities, hopes to benefit from the platform provided by the England player the most expensive of all time.

Grealish said: “I’ve been thinking for some time about how best to use the platform football has given me to create positive change, and it had to be something very close to my heart.

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“Special Olympics GB is such an important organisation, playing a huge role in addressing the lack of inclusion for hundreds of thousands of children in the UK with developmental disabilities.

“No one should be excluded from opportunities, and I do not support bullying or discrimination. In my new role with Special Olympics GB, I am proud to stand alongside all children, young people and adults living with disabilities intellectual disabilities and the amazing families that support them.

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“I hope everyone in Britain will support Special Olympics GB and its amazing athletes and volunteers. So please follow Special Olympics GB on their social media and together we can start making a real difference. .”

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics now reaches more than five million athletes in more than 190 countries.

Unlike the Olympics and Paralympics which focus on elite sport with events every four years, Special Olympics aims to provide athletes of all levels the opportunity to participate in a range of sports every day of the week, all the weeks of the year.

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Colin Dyer, CEO of Special Olympics GB, said: “Everyone at Special Olympics is thrilled and delighted that Jack has agreed to join Special Olympics GB as a Senior Ambassador.

“After a really difficult time for many people during the pandemic, especially for people with intellectual disabilities, there is so much positive momentum at Special Olympics GB at the moment, it’s the perfect time to welcome Jack back to family.

“We look forward to continuing to strengthen our diverse group of ambassadors to accompany Jack on his new mission with Special Olympics GB in the near future.”

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Special Olympics Gold Medalist Niall Guite said: “I love football so much and it’s amazing to be on the same team as Jack Grealish.

“Having such an important player and public figure supporting our community gives us all so much energy and motivation. Thank you Jack and welcome to Special Olympics GB!”

Special Olympics GB has ambitious growth plans for 2022, including the return to full-scale competition from June to September with the biggest celebration of sport for people with intellectual disabilities in Britain with a brand new format, The Special Olympics GB Summer Series of Sport.

And 2023 is also set to be a big year for Special Olympics GB with the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin next June.

Special Olympics Great Britain (GB), established in 1978, is a non-profit charity providing year-round sports training and competition in summer and winter sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. To find out more, visit website here.


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