Baku, Sep. 28, 2018: A Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum was organised in Baku, Azerbaizjan from 24th -28th September 2018. Mahi Dheri and Ms Renu Nagpal from Apeejay School, Pitampura attended the same. Rithik Hukkis Special Athlete and Mr Virender also represented India on behalf of Special Olympics Bharat. The forum was a platform where 120 youth leaders with and without disabilities from 45 countries of the world, accompanied and supported by 100 adult leaders & decision makers from their Special Olympics National Programmes, Schools, Sports Clubs and Local Communities discussed their vision, views and dreams to promote inclusion for people with intellectual disablities and foster the next unified generation of change makers.
In the words of our youth leader Mahi Dheri - Unified we are strong and can take up any challenge to make this world a better place to live in. Let’s build the next unified generation together.
After the Opening Ceremony on 24th September, The Minister of Youth and Sport, Republic of Azerbaijan and Dr Timothy Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics addressed the gathering by motivating and inspiring the youth leaders to be ‘The Game Changers’ and work towards a Unified Inclusive Society.
Over the days of forum many renowned personalities were present to show their support for the movement of Inclusion. Mr Marcos Evangelista de Morais, known as Cafu, a legendry Brazilian former professional footballer, also signed in as Global Messenger during the Baku Decleration.
The highlight sports events were – Unified Gymnastic demonstration, Celebrity Unified Matches, The Power of Unified Sports-Practical session.
The panel discussions focused on the topics – The Power of Unified Sports and Unified Schools - Driving the Incusive Movement, Leading Change within Local Communities, The Power of Youth Engagement, Empowering Game Changers, Empowered Youth Leaders, Inclusion through Education and Educators.
A unified Gymnastic Demonstration by Azerbaijan Gymnastic Federation and a unified celebrity football match was organised. Dr Tim Shriver‘s presence during the event and his participation as a player inspired the youth leaders. The legendry football player Cafu also signed as the brand ambassador of Special Olympics for the cause of inclusion.
Finally, as the forum came to a conclusion, there was a positive vibrant atmosphere all around with a firm belief, on the face of every youth leaders, to soar high and be a change maker of the ‘INCLUSION REVOLUTION’.
It is a matter of great pride, that the project –‘The Inclusive Pink City’, submitted by the team, has received a grant of $2000 USD from the Special Olympics International organization.