DIGICEL DOMINICA POWERS ATHLETES FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES BERLIN

The Special Olympics Dominica team is in full preparation mode as they ready themselves for the 2023 World Games in Berlin. With Digicel’s support, the 13-member team will be heading to the games in June.

Across the Caribbean, preparations and send-off activities will be taking place as the teams
countdown to the upcoming games. In Dominica, Digicel will be working alongside the team by visiting practice sessions, learning more about the athletes and look forward to celebrate the team and give the athletes one last hurrah before they depart. Customers can also support the team with Digicel’s text to donate platform. All they have to do is text “BERLIN” to 5151, and EC$1 will go towards Special Olympics Dominica.

CEO, Victor Kovacs, said, “Since 2006, Digicel Dominica has offered support to special needs
communities with the aim of creating a world where no one gets left behind. We especially look forward to supporting local athletes as they prepare for the world games and can’t wait to cheer them on as they represent the country.”

The Special Olympics World Games will be held from June 17 – 25, 2023 and will see 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from approximately 170 countries competing in 24 sports. Digicel Dominica’s support of Special Olympics over the years has seen cash support. Over the years, we have offered support to our local Special Olympics body through cash. The support has also been in the form of in-kind through provision of T-Shirts for athletes, select memorabilia such as Digicel branded bottles, stationery and grocery items. Special Olympics Dominica describes Digicel Dominica as a premiere hallmark sponsor that has motivated athletes, over the tears to win Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. These sentiments have been reflected in our branding presence at local events, various press conferences where the media was invited and recently at a Special Olympics Summit held in December of 2022.

Denis O’Brien, Founder and Chairman of Digicel Group, and Chairman of the Special Olympics Ireland’s Council of Patrons said, “The Special Olympics provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to shine, and for people from different countries and cultures, to meet and overcome existing prejudices through the power of sport. Digicel and I will always support that. This year, we are supporting over 250 athletes from 11 Digicel countries at these games and I want to wish them all the best of luck as they compete and represent their home countries.”

With 11 Digicel countries participating in and collectively sending 258 athletes to the world games, the Caribbean will have a strong representation at the event. In addition to Dominica, athletes from Antigua, Aruba, Curacao, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be competing.

Since 1968, when the first Special Olympics International Games were held, the world has
transcended the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture, and religion to come together every two years for the Special Olympics World Games. The World Games has become the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement and has grown to be an international demonstration of inclusion, acceptance, and unity.

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