BICE congratulates the athletes of the Education and Activity Center for Handicapped Children (CESEH) who recently participated in the 2013 edition of the Special Olympics of Ivory Coast and took away 18 medals. A recap of the event.
At the 2013 edition of the “Special Olympics” for children and adults with mental disabilities which took place at the end of March in Abidjan, 16 boys and 14 girls of the CESEH center – the partner of BICE in Ivory Coast for the “Despite Our Handicap, We Are All Children” project – participated in national sports events and took away 18 medals: 6 gold, 8 silver, and 4 bronze.
Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics aim to contribute to the acceptance and inclusion of people with mental disabilities through sports, to help them develop their physical and intellectual capabilities, to meet new people, and to share happy moments.
The Special Olympics are an event with an international scope: they take place in individual countries, and every 4 years there is a global competition. Recall that in 2011 in Athens, the participation of the CESEH team was rewarded with a gold medal in basketball! (see here the article about this wonderful success)
For the 2013 Ivorian competition, 8 national delegations gathered to challenge each other in football, boules, races, table tennis, and basketball. Athletes came from Abengourou, Yamoussoukro, Gagnoa, Adiaké, Divo, Skensi, Cocody, and Yopougon.
“When our delegation passed through, it was the most applauded because it was the only delegation to march to the rhythm of songs that our children sang for the occasion,” recounted one of the members of CESEH.
To cap it all off, one of the center’s athletes, Grace MONNET, who practices table tennis, was chosen for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in the United States.
Pictures: © CESEH