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Celebrating Unity and Resilience: The Multiplier Sports Event in Slavonski Brod

In the heart of Slavonski Brod, amidst the beautiful landscape and the spirit of camaraderie, the 2nd Youth Parasport Games unfolded with an aura of inspiration and determination. On 16 September, 2023, a special event took place, resonating with the memory of a beloved figure, Anto Ćavar, and echoing the values of inclusivity and athleticism. The Multiplier Sports Event stood as a testament to the unyielding spirit of the human endeavor, transcending limitations and fostering unity.

As participants gathered from various corners of Croatia, the air buzzed with anticipation and excitement. Athletes of all abilities, joined by coaches, supporters, and volunteers, converged to celebrate the power of sports to break barriers and ignite passion. The legacy of Anto Ćavar, a beacon of courage and resilience, imbued every moment with a sense of purpose and dedication.

The event showcased a myriad of parasports, each embodying the essence of determination and perseverance. From wheelchair tennis to parataekwondo, every competition unfolded with fervor and sportsmanship. Paraathletes pushed their limits, defying expectations and embracing the thrill of the game. Yet, beyond the medals and accolades, it was the spirit of solidarity that truly stole the spotlight.

In the backdrop of the games, friendships blossomed, barriers dissolved, and stereotypes shattered. The Multiplier Sports Event served as a platform for dialogue and understanding, fostering a community where differences were celebrated and diversity was embraced. It was a reminder that regardless of our backgrounds or abilities, we are bound by our shared humanity and passion for excellence.

As the sun dipped below the horizon and the cheers echoed into the night, the legacy of Anto Ćavar lived on, a guiding light for generations to come. The 2nd Youth Parasport Games in Slavonski Brod served not only as a celebration of athleticism but also as a tribute to the indomitable spirit that resides within each of us. It was a reminder that, through unity and resilience, we can overcome any obstacle and achieve greatness.

As we reflect on the moments of triumph and camaraderie, let us carry forward the lessons learned on this ground. Let us continue to champion inclusivity, celebrate diversity and strive for excellence in all endeavors. For in the journey of life, it is not the obstacles we face but the strength of our spirit that defines us. And in Slavonski Brod, on September 16th, 2023, that spirit burned brighter than ever before.

Countdown to Paris 2024: A Year to Go Until the Paralympic Games

The excitement is palpable as the iconic city of Paris gears up for a thrilling year leading to the opening ceremony of the much-anticipated “Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.” Set to make history, these games will mark the first time both the Olympics and Paralympics will be held under a unified banner. With the Olympics kicking off on July 26 and the Paralympics following from August 28 to September 8, 2024, Monday, August 28, marks exactly one year until the start of the Paralympic Games.

In the heart of Paris, the Chefs de Mission Seminar is currently underway, serving as a vital milestone ahead of the games. Here, team leaders receive crucial instructions and information regarding participation in the upcoming Paralympics. Representing Slovakia at this seminar are Tomáš Varga, Head of the Paralympic Team for Paris 2024, and Maroš Čambal, Executive Director of the Slovak Paralympic Committee.

Earlier in July, Tomáš Varga participated in a
marketing and media summit organized by the International Paralympic Committee
(IPC) to strategize ways to maximize the impact and media coverage of the
forthcoming Paralympic Games in Paris.

A key information platform for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games is LA MINUTE, which provides essential tools and resources for national Paralympic committees. One notable feature is the ETS calculator, designed to assist in calculating team sizes and requirements based on the number of sports and athletes qualifying for the games.

France aims to host the most spectacular games in history, evident in its dynamic plans. The opening ceremony, for instance, will take place outside the central stadium for the first time, offering a unique experience. Additionally, sports venues will be constructed in iconic locations across Paris.

Exciting events await spectators, with the Pont Alexandre III bridge serving as the backdrop for the paratriathlon on September 1st and 2nd. Parataekwondo will find its home under the magnificent glass roof of the Grand Palais, while para-dressage competitions will unfold near Les Invalides.

To commemorate 500 days until the games, organizers unveiled various interesting figures, including the maximum number of athletes competing (4,400), the number of medal events (549), and the estimated record in millions of tickets sold (3.4).

With the help of up to 45,000 volunteers, including 3,000 with disabilities, the organizing committee is leaving no stone unturned in its preparations. Notably, French designer Mathieu Lehanneur won the bid to create torches and cauldrons for the games.

Slovakia is also gearing up for Paris 2024, securing 9 spots across different sports disciplines. With an estimated team size of 55-60 people and 25-30 athletes expected to compete, Slovakia aims to shine on the global stage once again.

In anticipation of the milestone, the Slovak Paralympic Committee has launched an intensive advertising campaign titled “Unbreakable.” The campaign features former tennis representative Karin Habšudová and wheelchair tennis player TOMÁŠ MASARYK, who will be the first Slovak to participate in the US Open Grand Slam tournament in New York in September.

For Paralympic shooter VERONIKA VADOVIČOVÁ, who has already secured a spot, these will be her seventh consecutive Paralympic Games. She looks forward to the unique atmosphere of the games and the support of spectators.

The spirit of determination and resilience shared by athletes participating in the Paralympic Games is beautifully encapsulated in the song “Unbreakable,” performed by Peter Cmorik, Kuly, Lucia Bujnová, and Michal Červienka.

As we celebrate the top 10 most successful Slovak Paralympians from 1996 to 2020, we honor their remarkable achievements and contributions to Slovak sports history. With just a year to go, the countdown to Paris 2024 is well and truly underway, promising an unforgettable celebration of athleticism, unity, and determination.


County Paralympics 2023 and Radovan Kaufman Day

Introduction:

Mark your calendars for an inspiring day of sportsmanship, celebration, and remembrance! On June 28, 2023, Partizánske will host the County Paralympics for the Trenčín Self-Governing Region alongside Radovan Kaufman Day. This event holds special significance as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of the passing of one of Slovakia’s most distinguished Paralympians, Radovan Kaufman.

Event Highlights:

1. Opening Ceremony: The festivities will commence at 8:00 AM at SNP Square. Following a captivating dance performance by children, the event will kick off with the “Brave Ride Start” on non-motorized wheeled devices. Distinguished speakers including Jaroslav Baška, Chairman of the Trenčín Self-Governing Region (TSK), and Jozef Božik, Mayor of Partizánske, will address the participants. Olympic champion Matej Tóth, Ján Riapoš, Chairman of the Slovak Paralympic Committee (SPV), and Vladimir Farkaš, Dean of the Parish in Partizánske, will also share their insights.

2. County Paralympics (ŽP):

Following the formalities, the County Paralympics will commence with the athletes’ pledge, the national anthem, and the lighting of the flame. Disabled children from the Radovan Kaufman Elementary School will participate in competitive sports such as boccia, parataekwondo, para table tennis, and para badminton. The top performers will advance to the national finals in Piešťany on August 26th, where they will compete against champions from other counties.

3. Sports Showcase and Activities:

At SNP Square, attendees can enjoy showcase sports activities for all ages, including a rowing simulator and a paracycling stand. A joint press briefing with prominent figures from the region is scheduled for 9:20 AM. Musical performances by Majself and Robo Opatovský will entertain the crowd, with Štefan Skrúcaný and Juraj Turis moderating the program.

4. Remembering Radovan Kaufman:

Radovan Kaufman, born on April 9, 1978, left an indelible mark on Slovak Paralympic history. Despite facing adversity after the amputation of his right leg due to cancer, he became a gold medalist in cycling and the founder of the “On Wheels Against Cancer” campaign. His legacy continues to inspire, and his memory will be honored during this special event.

Conclusion:

Join us on June 28, 2023, as we celebrate the spirit of resilience, inclusion, and excellence at the County Paralympics and Radovan Kaufman Day in Partizánske. Let’s come together to honor the past, celebrate the present, and inspire the future of Paralympic sports in Slovakia.

Fundraising for Sustainable Development in Parasport: Empowering Athletes with Disabilities

Within the realm of parasport, the significance of fundraising activities cannot be overstated. Such initiatives not only promote good governance and sustainability but also contribute to the economic development of the sport, enhancing the lives of athletes, their families, and local communities. In this blog, we will delve into the importance of fundraising in Parasport and explore how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) companies can play a pivotal role in empowering athletes with disabilities. By actively supporting fundraising endeavors, CSR companies become catalysts for positive change, creating a lasting impact within the Parasport community.

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Reflecting on the 19th May 2023: A Day of Inclusivity at the County Paralympics in Bratislava

Introduction:

On the 19th of May 2023, Bratislava bore witness to a momentous occasion as it hosted the second County Paralympics, an event dedicated to celebrating inclusivity and athleticism. From poignant opening ceremonies to thrilling competitions, the day unfolded with an abundance of memorable moments that underscored the importance of sports for individuals of all abilities. Join us as we recount the highlights of this extraordinary day.

Introduction:

On the 19th of May 2023, Bratislava bore witness to a momentous occasion as it hosted the second County Paralympics, an event dedicated to celebrating inclusivity and athleticism. From poignant opening ceremonies to thrilling competitions, the day unfolded with an abundance of memorable moments that underscored the importance of sports for individuals of all abilities. Join us as we recount the highlights of this extraordinary day.

Highlighting Athletes’ Achievements:

Throughout the day, the Paralympics provided a platform for showcasing the remarkable talent and resilience of athletes. From gripping boccia matches to exhilarating para table tennis and para badminton tournaments, each event showcased the extraordinary skill and determination of the participants. Special recognition was given to former Slovak tennis representative Karin Habšudová and wheelchair tennis player Tomáš Masaryk, whose exhibition match captivated spectators and inspired admiration for their dedication to the sport.

Inclusive Activities and Education:

Beyond the competitive events, the Paralympics offered a diverse array of inclusive activities and educational opportunities. From non-competitive sports such as showdown and para archery to informative sessions on initiatives like WE ARE EQUAL, there was something for everyone to engage with. The educational zone provided valuable insights into the importance of promoting an active lifestyle for individuals with disabilities, reaffirming the Paralympics’ commitment to inclusivity and empowerment.

Looking Towards the Future:

As the sun set on the 19th of May 2023, the impact of the County Paralympics lingered on. The event not only celebrated athletic excellence but also ignited meaningful conversations about accessibility and inclusion in sports. With initiatives like the Memorandum of Mutual Cooperation between the Slovak Paralympic Committee and self-governing regions, the future holds promise for further advancing sports opportunities for individuals of all abilities.

Conclusion:

The 19th of May 2023 will be remembered as a landmark day in Bratislava’s history, a day when barriers were broken, and unity prevailed. Through the power of sports, the County Paralympics fostered a sense of belonging and empowerment for all participants. As we reflect on this momentous occasion, let us carry forward the spirit of inclusivity and continue to champion the transformative power of sports in building stronger, more inclusive communities.

100 athletes and para athletes with one message: We’re all equal in sport!

In April 2023 Sports Federation for the Disabled of Slovenia – Slovenian Paralympic Committee (NPC Slovenia) invited 100 active and former Slovenian athletes (15 para athletes and 85 non-disabled athletes) to the Šiška athletic stadium in Ljubljana to support the global #WeThe15 campaign, raising awareness on social inclusion and equal opportunities for the disabled. The athletes expressed their support by stepping into a purple circle, the symbol of the #WeThe15 movement, and together voiced the message: We’re all equal in sport!

It is true of the world: out of every 100 people, 15 are disabled; and their opportunities for equal participation in life and work, social inclusion, are a reflection of our society. This is why 85 Slovenian athletes, including former ski-jumper Cene Prevc, basketball player Zoran Dragić, the handball players Vid Kavtičnik and Jure Natek, cyclists Andrej Hauptman and Nejc Peterlin, the volleyball player Nik Mujanović, athletes from the sports department of the Šiška highschool, karate athletes, swimmers and many others gathered at the Šiška athletic stadium in Ljubljana. They were joined by 15 elite para athletes: the two Para Athletes of the Year 2022, the athlete Leja Glojnarič and the tennis player Marino Kegl, para table tennis player Luka Trtnik, women’s national sitting volleyball team captain Lena Gabršček, para dancers Lara Nedeljković and Nastja Fijolič, sitting ice-hockey player Tilen Ribnikar, para archer Dejan Fabčič, wheelchair handball national team member Tanja Cerkvenik, athletes Robi Kogovšek and Tadej Enci, Oliver Jangelov and others.

This symbolic gesture of stepping into the purple circle with the message ‘We’re all equal in sport!’ was an expression of respect for one another and a call for equal opportunities in society for each and every individual. Slovenian athletes and para athletes thus provided one of the biggest manifestations of the #WeThe15 movement message in the world. Support for the #WeThe15 movement was also voiced by the kayak/canoe athlete Benjamin Savšek, handball player Uroš Zorman, table tennis player Luka Jokić, shooter Kuka Lukić, para shooter Franček Gorazd Tiršek, para cyclist Anej Doplihar, wheelchair basketball player Matej Arh and numerous other athletes and para athletes.

With this symbolic gesture they have sent a very significant message to the world. They managed to bring together disabled and non-disabled athletes and they are looking for such close ties and cooperation for the future as well. Sport is in a force for connecting people and a bridge to inclusion of the disabled into the society.

Understanding the Distinction: Social Responsibility vs. Corporate Social Responsibility

In today’s world, ethical conduct and responsibility have become critical considerations across various domains, including the business realm. As the business landscape grows increasingly diverse and challenging, there are specific ethics and rules that should be followed to ensure harmony within the business community and beyond. Two concepts that often come up in this context are social responsibility and corporate social responsibility (CSR). While these terms may appear similar, they possess distinct characteristics and implications. This article aims to shed light on the disparity between social responsibility and corporate social responsibility, exploring their definitions, applications, aims, and participants. By delving into these nuances, individuals and organizations can gain a comprehensive understanding of these concepts and their implications.

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Building Bridges: Uniting Paralympic Committees and CSR Companies for Lasting Impact

In the dynamic world of parasport, the collaboration between Paralympic Committees and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) companies has become a catalyst for positive change. This blog explores the value of partnerships between Paralympic Committees and CSR companies, showcasing successful examples and emphasizing the enduring benefits that can be achieved when bridging the gap between sports organizations and corporate social responsibility. Join us as we delve into the transformative synergy between these entities, shaping a more inclusive and socially conscious parasport landscape. 

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