Athens College Certified as Unified Champion School by Special Olympics
The ceremony marking the certification of Athens College as a Unified Champion School by Special Olympics Hellas took place on Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Choremi Auditorium.
Amb. Dionysios Kodellas, President of Special Olympics Hellas, Ms. Artemis Vasilikopoulou, National Director of Special Olympics Hellas, and Project Manager of the Educational Program “Play Unified. Learn Unified,” Ms. Alexandra Vougiouka, awarded certificates to the Directors of our Junior High Schools, High Schools and International Baccalaureate Programme in recognition of our students’ participation in this educational program.
The event was organized by the College’s Director of Social Welfare and Diversity, Mr. Chrysostomos Symeonidis, and his assistant, Ms. Eleni Pasalidou. College President, Prof. Costas Synolakis ΄75 and the General Coordinator of the HAEF School Units, Dr. Christos Papanikolaou ΄85, gave the welcoming addresses.
Mr. Chrysostomos Symeonidis then introduced Amb. Kodellas who spoke to the audience.
Award presented to the Director of Athens College High School, Mr. Christos Konstantopoulos
Award presented to the Director of Psychico College High School, Mr. Panagiotis Giannoulatos
Award presented to the Director of Psychico College Junior High School, Ms. Nikoleta Kanelli
Award presented to the Deputy Director of Athens College Junior High School, Ms. Vasiliki Moumtzi
Award presented to the IB Programmes Director, Ms. Eleni Vasileiou
The Interschool Head of Physical Education and Sports, Mr. Vasilis Moschos, accepts a Special Olympics commemorative ball from Pres. Kodellas
The “Play Unified. Learn Unified” educational program aims to transform as many schools in Greece as possible into communities that accept and integrate persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The College is one of the first of Greece’s 99 certified schools that promote Inclusive Sports and one of its 17 Unified Champion Schools.
As part of its collaboration with Special Olympics Hellas, Athens College
co-organizes every year the PanEuropean Basketball Week, which includes
students and Special Olympics athletes. At the same time, our students
participate in actions organized by the Young Leaders Program of Special
Olympics Hellas, in the PanHellenic Conference of Young Leaders and in the
World Congress of Special Olympics International.
Additionally, in academic year
2020-2021, the Office of Social Welfare and Diversity organized an interdisciplinary,
cultural integration action named “We Paint – We Coexist,” in which students
across all the school units participated, creating paintings on the theme of
acceptance and respect for diversity. The action culminated with an online
conference, on April 21, entitled “Athens College – Special Olympics,
Coexistence – Diversity.”