CULTURE

This February 14, give a little Special love

Special Olympics Hellas is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On February 14, 1987 it was founded by Andreas Potamianos, now its honorary president. Since 1990 it has been led by Gianna Despotopoulou, who is president of the Bid Committee for the 2011 Special Olympics. This February 14, a special marathon is being held on the classic route from Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Special Olympics athletes, who will run a 1-kilometer relay, will be joined by Olympic champions, artists, volunteers and vintage cars, along with friends of the Special Olympics. From 4 p.m. until midnight on the same day, the state media organization ERT will hold a telethon to raise funds for the institution. Valentine’s Day, therefore, will be dedicated to children with mental disabilities. Today 172 countries around the world have Special Olympics committees.