- Published on 26 November 2016
Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics, took part in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) Regional Leadership Conference in early November. The conference in Egypt was packed with fabulous events and activities. All attendees were full of enthusiasm, excitement and passion.
It was Davis’s first visit to the MENA Region as CEO of Special Olympics. She shared the organization’s plan to build positive attitudes and create an inclusive world, one where all people are welcomed and respected.
The conference was held in Cairot from 4 to 6 November. Leaders from the MENA Region and national directors attended, as did Special Olympics athletes Dina Galal, Mohamed Gaballah and MENA Global Messenger Omar El Shenawy.
During the conference, Regional and local activities were well covered by the media. The activities included training, demonstrations and workshops for family members on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program. Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children 2 to 7 years old.
Volunteer health professionals gave free exams to Special Olympics athletes. The health professionals checked eyes, ears and teeth of 200 athletes. Additionally, this was the first event of the new Egypt Healthy Community. The Special Olympics Healthy Communities program helps ensure year-round health care and resources are available to people with intellectual disabilities. Egypt is the first Program in the Region to take part in the Healthy Communities program. Families and coaches attended workshops on healthy nutrition, hepatitis C and preventing obesity.