Kalimera! (Good morning in Greek) It’s unbelievable that today is finally the start of the largest international sporting event in the world this year – the Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011!
7,000 athletes from 180 countries are ready to compete in 22 sports over the next 10 days as tens of thousands of volunteers, spectators, coaches, family members and media cheer them on, train them to achieve their personal bests, and share their stories of inspiration and courage with the world. The energy here is amazing!
“Ime Mesa!” (“I’m in” in Greek) is what everyone is saying here in Athens and around the world. So the question is, are YOU in? Here are 11 Ways to say “Ime Mesa!” and follow the Games in Athens!
On the Web
- For Games news, results, photos and videos be sure to visit www.athens2011.org and www.specialolympics.org for daily updates and highlights.
- In the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, you can watch the Opening and Closing Ceremonies LIVE on www.ESPN3.com and www.ESPN3.com/au on June 25 and July 4, respectively. Opening begins at 8pm local Athens time, Closing at 8:30pm local Athens time.
On your Mobile Device
- In the U.S. simply text “Athens” to 51500 and in Greece you can text “Athens” to 447786201765. You will receive a text message to check the mobile-friendly site at http://m.specialolympics.org/Athens. Bookmark it and check it daily for updates! Text STOP to cancel. Text HELP for information. Data and message rates may apply. (Note: the “A” in “Athens” must be capital to work properly)
Subscribe to our Newsletter
- Get updates, photos and videos delivered direct to your inbox daily throughout the Games by subscribing to our newsletter.
Via Social Media
- Follow the Games on our global Facebook page at fb.com/SpecialOlympics and on our World Games page at fb.com/SpecialOlympicsWorldGames. You can also search for your local national or state program and follow them. Have pictures or videos from the Games? Post them on our wall or tag them with our page for all to see!
- Follow the Games and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #Athens2011. The handles to follow are @Athens_2011 @SpecialOlympics and @TimShriver.
- Watch and share videos on the official Athens 2011 You Tube Channel.
In the Blogosphere
- Subscribe to our World of Special Olympics blog for regular updates, anecdotes and exclusive insights from Athens.
- Follow ‘Change Thru Sport,’ a compelling blog documenting our global celebration of unity.
- Check out our Special Olympics Project UNIFY blog documenting the Global Youth Activation Summit taking place at the Games and bringing youth with and without intellectual disabilities from around the world together to discuss how they can be the leaders of tomorrow, today.
- Follow aggregate news from around the web on Special Olympics Athens 2011.
Let us know how you’re following the Games or if there are other ways we should share!