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Laureus Academy Members Boris Becker and Sean Fitzpatrick visit inaugural Laureus project in Russia

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October 31, 2013
Boris Becker and Sean Fitzpatrick have taken part in a visit to the Special Olympics project in Moscow - the first project to be supported by Laureus in Russia.
Also attending the visit were Laureus Ambassadors Anzhelika Timanina and Daria Korobova, two of Russia’s greatest synchronised swimmers as Laureus underlined its commitment to support charitable projects in Russia.
Tennis legend Boris Becker said: “I am very pleased to support my Laureus colleague Alexei Nemov and his Sport for Good initiatives in Russia. The Special Olympics is a great way to help those with learning difficulties and it is very important to help establish social integration. I’m looking forward to the fundraising event this evening to help us raise funds for these initiatives.”
The mission of Special Olympics Russia is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through this, physical fitness is promoted whilst the participant can share their talents with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community at large.
Unified Sports is an initiative that combines players with and without intellectual disabilities on the same teams for training and competition. This initiative has been shown to contribute significantly to breaking down barriers between people with and without intellectual disability, both on and off the playing field.   
Special Olympics Russia has local sub-programmes in 62 regions of the Russian Federation, with over 110,000 athletes regularly training and competing on all levels – school, city, region, national, international.