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Special Olympics South Africa last month
officially launched the *#BackOurTeam *campaign, a call to all South
Africans to get behind the Special Olympics South Africa national team on
the “Road to Abu Dhabi” and hip hop superstar AKA heeded the call.
‘Kiernan Forbes’ better known as *AKA* today confirmed his ongoing support
during a visit to the Special Olympics South Africa offices in
Johannesburg. Following previous contributions to the organisation in 2018,
the hip hop superstar alongside his mother, Special Olympic ambassador Lynn
Forbes committed to fully get behind the organization and adopt an athlete
for the World Games this year. His commitment includes financial support of
R35 000 for one lucky athlete in addition to Reebok leisure for the
The record number of 70 determined and inspirational participating athletes
and Unified Partners, including the highest number of women to ever
participate in a Special Olympics World Games, will compete across 11
venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while the build-up to the Games will be a
nationwide celebration with the Law Enforcement Torch Run®and the Host Town
program take place in all seven emirates of the UAE.
Through the “Adopt an athlete campaign”, Special Olympics South Africa are
calling on companies and individuals to adopt an athlete for R35 000 to
ensure our athletes have the opportunity to compete with pride and are well
equipped amongst the 7500 athletes attending.

The games will act as a catalyst for inclusion, building a lasting legacy
of improved health, education, and opportunities for people with
intellectual disabilities long after the Closing Ceremony of the World
Games. The Summer Games will be held from the 14th-21st of March 2019,
where over 7 500 athletes from around the globe will compete in over 20
Olympic type sporting codes.

The Special Olympics team will depart from OR Tambo on the 7th of March
2019 and will be hoping to replicate the same success of the 2015
Special Olympics
South Africa Summer games team who returned victorious with 61 medals in
Los Angeles.

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