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216 Host Towns are excited to get started

The graphic shows a purple heart with "We are Host Town 2023" written on it. In addition, the hashtag #InclusiveTogether can be seen at the bottom left and the World Games logo at the top right.

More than 500 representatives of our Host Towns participated in an online event to kick off Germany's largest inclusion movement. 216 Host Towns are preparing to welcome the international delegations of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 and implement inclusive projects regionally.

"I am impressed by the high level of participation at our kick-off event, which shows how committed the Host Towns are to realizing their projects," said Christiane Krajewski, President of Special Olympics Germany (SOD) after the event on 9 March.

"Enthusiastic athletes from many countries will bring their stories to the communities," promised Mark Solomeyer, athlete spokesperson, SOD vice president and member of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in his welcoming message. "We are ready to participate, for example in events, in working groups or public relations. Volunteers and athletes will experience a strong cohesion. For us, the motto is: inclusive together."

Special Olympics athlete and LOC employee Arthur Hackenthal led through the event together with moderator Dörte Maack.

In May, the LOC will announce the allocation of international delegations. On this occasion, the official Host Town Program Signet will be presented.

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