The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games was a sporting event held from June, 25th 2011 - July, 4th 2011 in Athens, Greece. The opening ceremony of the games took place on 25 June 2011 at the Olympic Stadium and the closing ceremony was held on 4 July 2011. Over 7,500 athletes, from 185 countries, competed in a total of twenty-two sports.
The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held during Summer 2011 in Athens, Greece.
From June 25 to July 4 2011 in Athens, 7,500 Special Olympics Athletes from 185 nations will compete in 22 Olympic-type sports.
Athens was selected as the host of the 2011 World Summer Games by the Special Olympics International Board of Directors in June 2007.
On 11 October 2007, representatives of the 2011 Games Organizing Committee were handed the Special Olympics flag during the Closing Ceremony of the 2007 World Summer Games, which was hosted by Shanghai, China.
The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which promise to be one of the world's largest multi-sport and humanitarian events that year, will unite 7,500 athletes from more than 170 countries.
Athens hosted the 2004 Olympic Games, and Special Olympics athletes will compete at many of the same venues in 2011.
The Special Olympics World Games will be the crowning of a long lasting movement founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver who managed to realize her dream of global magnitude.
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