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Students with disabilities from Pirot win European Basketball Championship

by , Posted on 25th Jun 2013

Students from Pirot elementary and secondary school for children with disabilities, “Mladost” (Youth), are the best basketball players in Europe in their category! They represented Serbia at the fifth European Special Olympics Basketball tournament in Istanbul and beat the host nation Turkey in the gold medal match.

20 teams competed at the event. The boys from Pirot played 10 games in five days, and managed to repeat the success from 2008 when they triumphed in Marmaris.

“We’ve been very successful in the last couple of years. We won the World Championship in Athens and European Championship in Poland. We also won two gold, silver and bronze medals in alpine skiing at the World Cup, held in the USA”

Milan Marinkovic, coach of these brilliant pupils, said proudly.

Students from “Mladost” school whose motto is: “Let’s help all children achieve their dreams,” have shown that nothing is impossible if you have a will, big heart and if you work hard for it. While they dream of contemporary and well equipped school in Pirot, where children will be provided with adequate support and assistance regardless of the type of disability, and in accordance with their needs, they continue to show throughout Europe that they are exceptionally talented in sports and that they deserve the attention and respect of the whole community.

We were kids, and we enjoyed our childhood. Now, we have the opportunity to spread the word about importance of solid foundations in early years and providing better conditions for children to grow up and develop.

The Novak Djokovic Foundation congratulates students from Pirot on a remarkable success and representing Serbia in the best possible way. They’ve shown they have talent, great passion and desire to be champions in everything they do. We believe in their dreams!

Archive Photo, 2013 SO Photo

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