Delegations from 56 countries in Europe/Eurasia gathered in Warsaw, Poland for the 2010 Special Olympics European Summer Games. More than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes and over 600 coaches and volunteers attended. Among them there were 7 Unified Female and 16 Unified Male Basketball teams, who competed at Warsaw Sports Academy in 5 days tournament.
The Games included a host town programme, a policy forum, family forum, Youth Summit with election of a Youth Advisory Board, University Summit, a Law Enforcement Torch Run through Europe/Eurasia and much more. The Opening Ceremony was beamed across Europe and many celebrities and politicians gave their support.
Simply Red performed live at the Opening Ceremony which was also attended by FIFA President Joseph S Blatter and legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff.
The European Games provided a showcase for the Special Olympics movement in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and celebrated the abilities and accomplishments of athletes with intellectual disabilities.
The 2010 Special Olympics European Games benefited from the support of 2,500 volunteers and alliance with key corporate and media partners committed to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sport.