Students at Dwight School Dubai Inspired to volunteer for the Special Olympics World Games

Dwight School Dubai was honored to host the Special Olympics World Games Community Engagement Manager, Seth Amoafo. Taking place in March, the Games will be the world’s largest humanitarian sports event for people with Intellectual Disabilities.

Seth Amoafo introduced the MYP students and their teachers to the Special Olympics, gave them an understanding of the mission, its structure and what makes it unique from other sports programs. The visit was organized by the school’s management to encourage students and teachers to sign up and volunteer in this year’s Special Olympics.

Dwight School Dubai’s teachers Filiz Sevil and Robert Graham are already signed up to volunteer at the Special Olympics and will help with the track clinic that will be run by the 2012 Olympic Champion and 3-time World Champion, sprinter Allyson Felix and others.

Filiz Sevil, Head of Physical Education, Dwight School Dubai said; “It’s great to encourage our students and teachers to volunteer and be part of this once in a life time experience. The Special Olympics links perfectly with the Year of Tolerance and will open our eyes and hearts to a more hopeful, inclusive world.” Sevil added; “This is going to be an unforgettable experience especially that The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will be the most unified Special Olympics competition in history, as it will include people with Intellectual Disabilities in every aspect of the event. It is set to welcome 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 170 nations, along with 6,000 family members.”

Prior to joining Dwight School Dubai, Filiz Sevil played professional volleyball for Turkey at numerous tournaments including; European Cups, Balkan Games and World Championships. In addition to her sporting achievements, Filiz is also a Women’s Leadership Delegate of the Athletes United for Peace and has participated in United Nation leadership activities with a permanent pass to the UN. She will be traveling to New York in March 2019 to attend the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and speak on a panel for the development of sport among distressed populations called Girls Must Play. As a result of her experience, she will also be consulting with the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

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