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17-25 June 2023

The Host Town Program is in full swing across Germany

The photo shows some delegation members from Syria visibly having fun together during the Host Town Program.
Special Olympics World Games 2023 Schönefeld 12.06.2023 Ankunft der Delegationen / Teams am Flughafen BER Team USA Foto: Tilo Wiedensohler/camera4

Currently, the Host Town Program is taking place all over the country: More than 200 cities and municipal projects welcome the delegations from all over the world. It is the largest municipal inclusion project in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany.

From 12 to 15 June, the 190 delegations that have travelled to the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 will be accommodated in so-called Host Towns throughout Germany. The goal: space for encounters – not only in Berlin, but throughout the country and beyond the Games.

All 16 federal states are represented and the list of all Host Towns with their respective delegations is available here.

The Host Towns organize the four-day stay according to their own ideas and local conditions: A welcome party on the town hall square, joint sports activities, excursions to places of interest and much more.

The photo shows two female athletes from the SO Chinese-Taipei delegation. They both show the "Peace Sign" with their hands and smile into the camera.

The SO Chinese-Taipei delegation, for example, is hosted by the Berlin district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. They were allowed to visit the Olympiastadion and thus got a taste of the big Opening Ceremony that will take place there on 17 June.

District Councillor for Schools, Sport, Education and Culture Heike Schmitt-Schmelz said: "I am very proud to be part of this as Host Town and look forward to getting to know the delegation better."

The athletes of SO Chinese-Taipei are also excited to meet many people: "We are looking forward to making new friends during the World Games."

On 13 June, the so-called Inclusion Day was a special event for many Host Towns: They were able to organize their own Torch Run.

Here you can check out some beautiful impressions from some of the Host Towns:

The photo shows the Indian delegation waving the Host Town flag at the Rathausplatz in Frankfurt. Half-timbered houses can be seen in the background.
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The photo shows an athlete from Montenegro carrying an owl on his gloved hand, which he is stroking with a smile, as part of the Host Town Program.
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The photo shows some delegation members of SO India, who are accommodated in Frankfurt am Main as part of the Host Town Program. The women are wearing colorful dresses and golden jewelry.
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The photo shows athletes from SO Chinese-Taipei. They look happy and raise their hands in the air
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The photo shows two athletes from the delegation from Syria who are meeting the mascot Unity as part of the Host Town Program.
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The photo shows many children getting ready for the start of the Inclusion Day in Munich, which took place with the delegation from Canada as part of the Host Town Program.
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The photo shows the little torch run on Inclusion Day of a Host Town with the delegation from Syria.
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The photo shows U.S. athlete Loretta Claiborne as part of the Host Town Program before the official start of the World Games in Berlin. She claps her hands.
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The photo shows SO athletes from Chinese Taipei. They are listening to the story above the Olympic Stadium.
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On the photo you can see some SO USA athletes having fun and sitting on a wall.
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A big Thank You to all Host Towns for their hospitality and their important contribution to making Germany more inclusive in the long term!


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