In collaboration with The Lebanese Special Olympics, Orphan Welfare Society organized a sports day for children with special needs . Around 200 athletes from different Lebanese NGOs competed in various sports including putchi, basketball, ping pong, football, and cycling. In addition to a group of volunteers: Lebanese University students, Lions Club members, Audi Bank employees, doctors, LIU volunteers, Lebanese Red Cross and Lebanese Army judges.
The board member of OWS, Mr. Walid Makkawi, said while addressing the audience at the event on behalf of President, Dr. Said El-Makkaoui, “today special need children are proving that they can challenge their capabilities and to be active citizens in their community”.
In her speech, Mrs. Hala El Housseiny, the director of the Lebanese Special Olympics, said, “nothing prevented these children from participating in Special Olympics tournaments, this lead them to participate in the Regional Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi in 2018 and the World Special Olympics 2019 in the same country.”
The events of the day began with students at Hajj Ahmad Mosbah Bizri Center for Special Needs performing an Indian dance and then Melina Zein swearing the Special Olympics oath. The player Samir Sharif lit up the olympics torch. The trainer Ahmad Abdul Aziz, owner of Academy Freestyle for roller skates training, performed with his team an amazing show. Mr. Abdul Aziz donated by five roller skates for the children of special need center.
The various sports games took place around OWS playgrounds and gardens and the players had medical checkups. At the end of the day, the winners took their medals and took lunch altogether.
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