Dr. Glenn Roswal Promotes Special Olympics Programs Worldwide
2 September 2004 -- Dr. Glenn Roswal, Professor in the Department
of HPER at Jacksonville State University, is leading a pioneer project in the expansion of Special Olympics programs in Asia,
Eurasia, and Europe. Special Olympics is an international year round program of sports training and competition for people
with mental retardation. More than 1 million athletes in over 150 countries train and compete in 26 Olympic-type summer
and winter sports. The Special Olympics goal is to provide Special Olympics programs to an additional one million
The project is an innovative model university program based on the successful adapted physical education program at
Jacksonville State University. The program creates a Special Olympics component within university physical education
teacher training curricula. The Special Olympics university initiative began in 1999 with a four-day seminar in Warsaw,
Poland for professors from eastern European/Eurasian universities. Subsequent seminars have been held in Groningen
(Netherlands), Riga (Latvia), Kiev (Ukraine), Lisbon (Portugal), Carole (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Sarajevo
(Bosnia-Hergevonia), Dublin (Ireland), Hamburg (Germany), Beijing (China), Shanghai (China), and Shenyang (China).
This summer, the project was presented at the Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress in Thessaloniki (Greece) and the
International Conference on Physical Education in Hong Kong. Seminars are planned this fall in Bucarest (Romania),
Sofia (Bugaria), and Paris (France).
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