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A shirt as bright, colorful and inclusive as Special Olympics

The photo shows athlete spokesperson Dennis Mellentin standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate, both wearing the newly designed T-shirt and laughing as he holds it up to the camera.
Special Olympics Berlin 16.06.2022 Workshop bei der Designerin Anja Gockel Foto: Tilo Wiedensohler/camera4

It was presented during the Berlin Fashion Week: A very special T-shirt, designed in an inclusive workshop by three employees of the World Games team together with the well-known German designer Anja Gockel.

A few months ago, German fashion designer Anja Gockel invited us to an inclusive creative workshop to design colorful t-shirts together with elements and colors of our logo. You can read more about it here.

And now the time has finally come: The impressive and beautiful result is now available in our webshop.


Special Olympics in the world of fashion

The T-shirt was presented for the first time at the fashion show of Anja Gockel during the Berlin Fashion Week. The Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Bear and the TV Tower can be found on the shirt, all symbols of the Special Olympics World Games logo.

The Hotel Adlon, right next to the Brandenburg Gate, and Anja Gockel's fashion show provided the perfect opportunity to present the design to the public for the first time.

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Fashion meets Special Olympics: fashion show with designer Anja Gockel (I)

"I'm really happy that together with Anja we managed to produce a cool shirt, which is as colorful as our Special Olympics movement. When I see people wearing our shirt now, I'm just super proud," says Dennis Mellentin, Special Olympics athlete spokesperson Berlin and one of the shirt's designers.

"It was a wonderful experience to design a garment with these creative young people and to see it now on the street makes me very happy ", tells designer Anja Gockel at her fashion show.

The photo is a group picture: designer Anja Gockel is standing in the middle, surrounded by young women who are all wearing the new Special Olympics World Games T-shirt, which was designed together with athletes. The photo was taken during the Berlin Fashion Week.

"We should all take the opportunity to set a visible sign for inclusion. The new Special Olympics shirt is such a sign and helps to make our society more colorful and diverse."

Anja Gockel is one of the best-known German fashion designers that the Special Olympics World Games of Berlin was able to win for their first design cooperation.

"It was especially important for us to find a partner who fits and embodies our values. Anja Gockel has been producing sustainably in Germany and Europe for 25 years and has been committed to issues such as inclusion from the very beginning," said Andrea Bury, responsible for e-commerce and cooperations in the organizing committee of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.


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