How you can play your part in the Special Olympics

As Abu Dhabi prepares to host one of the world’s biggest sporting spectacles, organisers are calling on the community to cheer on the athletes.

The Fans in the Stands (FITS) initiative encourages everyone from private organisations and corporations to schools, universities, clubs and government entities to attend the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to show support to the 7,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities who will be taking part.

The Games will take place across nine venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from 14th to 21st March with athletes competing in 24 Olympic-style sports including badminton, judo, gymnastics, golf, sailing, basketball and cycling.

Presenting partner Adnoc has pledged 500 staff members to attend every day while partners KPMG and Al Masaood have also committed employees to take part as fans. Other participating organisations include Corniche Hospital, The Club Abu Dhabi, Haddins Fitness and EFS Facilities, which committed 2,000 employees to attend the Games.

FITS aims to be the driving force to get large groups of people in the stands to support the athletes. The programme is open to all types of organisations including public and private companies, government entities and schools. FITS has already inspired more than 60,000 students across the nation to attend the Games.

If you’d like to get involved, contact: fans@abudhabi2019.org

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