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Brazilian football star and FC Barcelona defender, Dani Alves Da Silva (Dani Alves) has tbeen appointed as a Special Olympics Ambassador for Global Football. The announcement was made in early October 2011 by Special Olympics president & COO Brady Lum following a signing event in Barcelona.

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, said 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 Programme, whose main aim is to bring football to a total of 1, 000, 000 players with intellectual disabilities worldwide. The Programme 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. Brady Lum, Ppresident & COO of Special Olympics extended his warm congratulations and welcome to Dani Alves appointment. It is estimated that only one in 500 children with an intellectual disability will be given the chance to play football due to being seen by their peers as being different or without ability. Now one of the worlds best defenders is on our team, defending the right of people with intellectual disabilities to equal opportunities in sport. We are delighted to welcome Dani Alves to our Special Olympics family. Alves joins a league of football heroes who have all enthusiastically thrown their support behind the Special Olympics Global Football initiative including Osvaldo Ardilles, Enrique Borja, Teofilo Cubillas, Desiree Ellis, Lori Fair, Kaka, Christian Karembeu, Hidetoshi Nakata, Lucas Radebe, Romario, Clarence Seedorf, Javier Zanetti, and Zico. Special Olympics Team Ambassadors include Inter–Milan from Italy, UK Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspur, and Club Corinthians Paulista from Brazil. In 2007, Special Olympics Global Football (SOGF) was launched with the aim to use the visibility and reach of the world's most popular sport to generate greater public awareness, acceptance and respect for people with intellectual disabilities, and to raise the necessary funds to significantly expand Special Olympics football participation on every continent. For more information on the Special Olympics Global Football program visit http://www. specialolympics. org/globalfootball

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