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Dani Alves a Special Olympics Ambassador

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Uploaded on Oct 8, 2011

Brazilian football star and FC Barcelona defender, Dani Alves Da Silva (Dani Alves) has been appointed as a Special Olympics Ambassador for Global Football. As a Special Olympics Ambassador for Global Football, Alves is charged with promoting greater inclusion and respect for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the game of football worldwide.
"Football changed my life. It has opened more opportunities for me and has shaped me as a man." says Dani Alves. "As an Ambassador for Special Olympics I want to play my part in ensuring that more and more athletes with intellectual disabilities have the chance to transform their own lives through the joy of football, achieving greater things both on and off the pitch. And in turn, they will inspire us all with their courage and spirit."
Football is the second largest sport in Special Olympics with more than 435,000 athletes and 206 accredited programmes worldwide. Alves will champion the Special Olympics Global Football Program, whose main aim is to bring football to a total of 1,000,000 players with intellectual disabilities worldwide. The Program has also set out to increase the quality of coaching and help athletes build skills they can use on and off the field of play, while connecting with a fan base of footballers around the world to raise vital funds for the movement.
For more information on the Special Olympics Global Football program visit www.specialolympics.org/globalfootball

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