SO2014 European Summer Games

SO2014 European Summer Games

Every four years, Special Olympics organizes European Summer Games that take place in one of the bigger European cities. For the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games (SO2014), also called the "Games of the Heart", Antwerp has been selected as host town.

Date & Venue

9-20 September 2014, Antwerp, Belgium

SO2014 in figures

  • 58 delegations from Europe-Eurasia
  • 2000 athletes and 1000 coaches
  • 10 sports (+Adapted ACtivities (AAC))
  • several non-sports programs
  • 4000 volunteers, 300 officials, 300 medical coaches
  • 2500 family members
  • up to 40,000 spectators
  • 12 days full of joy and friendship

PROGRAM 2014 SPECIAL OLYMPICS EUROPEAN SUMMER GAMES

  • 02/09/2014                    Opening Art Exhibition
  • 03–04/09/2014               Lightning of the Flame of Hope in Greece
  • 09-13/09/2014               Torch Run in Belgium through several cities
  • 09-13/09/2014               Host Town Program in more than 50 towns & cities
  • 13/09/2014 PM              Opening Ceremony - Paleis 12 - Heyzel
  • 14–20/09/2014               Sports Competitions
  • 14–19/09/2014               Healthy Athletes Program
  • 15/09/2014                     Scientific Congress
  • 15-19/09/2014                Family Forum
  • 15/09/2014                    Young Athlete Program
  • 12-17/09                       Youth Summit
  • 19/09/2014                     Auction & Finissage Art Exhibition     
  • 20/09/2014                     Closing Ceremony – Sportpaleis Antwerp         

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Accomodation

OLYMPIC VILLAGE - 'De Kempense Meren' in Mol

Sports infrastructure

  • Wezenberg - Antwerp: Aquatics (swimming)
  • 'Den Uyt' - Mol: Athletics & Artistic Gymnastics
  • Het Rooi - Berchem: Football & Unified Basketball
  • Antwerp Expo: Badminton, Judo, Bocce, Table Tennis & Adapted ACtivities (AAC)
  • Balendijk - Lommel: Cycling;

Click here for the list of participating countries & number of participants

Click here for an overview of the Sports

Click here for an overview of the non-sports Programs

Objectives of SO2014

  • Organize fantastic Games
  • Favor the integration of people with an intellectual disability
  • Help to break the taboo around people with an intellectual disability
  • Have a long-term impact
  • And ...

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