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Published on Nov 20, 2013
2013 marks the 10th Special Olympics European Basketball Week, an annual event that calls on the greater European basketball community to get active in promoting more opportunities in the game for people with intellectual disabilities. This year the week will take place from Saturday, November 30th to Sunday December 8th with 18,000 Special Olympics athletes participating in 200 basketball events, matches, clinics and exhibition as well as 20 National Tournaments across 33 countries. EBW 2013 will also include celebrations of The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities which falls on December 3rd. The 10th anniversary of European Basketball Week will bring a particular focus on encouraging more females with intellectual disabilities to participate in Special Olympics basketball. Today in Europe 57,954 athletes including 19,129 females are registered as Basketball players. The goal is to reach 60,000 players by the end of 2013. 2013 European Basketball Week once again enjoys the full backing of FIBA Europe, Euroleague Basketball and more than 25 National Basketball Federations across the region. Rounds 6 and 7 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball Regular Season will be dedicated to Special Olympics with some of the most-recognised names in basketball sharing the court with Special Olympics athletes and donning the Special Olympics symbol on their jerseys. For more information visit www.specialolympics.org