Goals 4 Special Olympics Challenge


Special Olympics Australia has decided to embrace the world game with the corporate world by the staging the inaugural GOALS 4 SPECIAL OLYMPICS CHALLENGE on Wednesday, July 15 at HENSLEY Athletic Field, Eastgardens.

The six-a-side football challenge starts at 5.00pm with each team playing a minimum of four games. It’s the perfect bonding exercise involving the world’s most popular sport and at the same time helping to raise much needed funds for this unique Charity.

Several corporates are lending their support including Sony Play Station (FNSW partner), Yellow Brick Road Bondi, Ray White Commercial South Sydney, Konica Minolta, Diamond Conway Lawyers, Ergo ASIA & JB Metro. There is also growing interest from the media world with a total 16 teams expected to take part.

This event while being aimed at raising funds will also help create awareness for Special Olympics Australia and also help support weekly sport programs in the community for people with an intellectual disability. Around half a million Australians have an intellectual disability whether it is Autism, Down Syndrome, Asperger’s or Cerebral Palsy.

Botany Bay City Council is a proud supporter of this inaugural event providing a state of the art playing facility which will also be supported by corporate hospitality as part of the registration fee of $2,000 per team. The NSW Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee – of which the NSW Police are a major Community partner of Special Olympics – will also be on hand along with a Special Olympics football team and several ex-Socceroos.

Andy Paschalidis – Special Olympics NSW Fundraising & Events Manager – is delighted with the initial support: “Naturally I have been working the phones and emails non-stop to ensure we get 16 teams across the line. Football is the perfect vehicle to bring everyone together and at the same time support such a worthwhile cause.”

Paschalidis – an avid supporter of football at all levels – also has a desire to create a schools event earlier in the day. However this is only possible if the full allocation of corporate teams is locked in.

“I would love to stage a schools event on the same day between 9.00am to 3.00pm for local special needs, private and public schools,’ Paschalidis added.  “We want the young generation to engage with us, find out about intellectual disability and also have an enjoyable day supporting our charity. My communication so far with four big Sydney schools has been fantastic. Football is the perfect catalyst to unite the Community.”

For more information please contact Andy on 0467-764598 or andyp@specialolympics.com.au