Special Olympics International Board of Directors Adds Republic of Korea Congresswoman Na Kyung Won

February 16, 2011

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Special Olympics International has elected a new member to its Board of Directors, Congresswoman Na Kyung Won, from the Republic of Korea. 

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors is the ultimate governing authority for the Special Olympics movement and is composed of leaders in the areas of business, government, disability, sports and entertainment. The Board is responsible for the global affairs and strategies of Special Olympics; determines its policies and programs and oversees all top-level management. Members are elected to a three-year term and may be re-elected twice - for a maximum of nine consecutive years of service.

“As Chairperson of both Special Olympics Korea and our upcoming 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea, the timing of bringing Mrs. Na on to our Special Olympics International Board of Directors could not be better,” said Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics International. “Her expertise and passion to help those with intellectual disabilities will be a tremendous asset to  our global movement.”

New Board Member Profile:

Mrs. Na Kyung Won:

Na Kyung-won is a member of the 18th National Assembly of Joong-gu, Seoul, in her second term. She is a ranking member for the GNP in Culture, Sports, Tourism, Broadcasting and Communications Committee, and Attorney-at-Law. She is the Co-representative of Korea Parents Association for the Disabled, and an Honorary Chairperson for Special Olympics Korea. Additionally, she serves as an advisor for the Korea Down Syndrome Society, and a Chairperson for the Members’ Study Group, “We Can”, on the Physically and Mentally Challenged Children for the National Assembly of Korea. She holds a doctorate in International Law from Seoul National University.  

Na led the winning bid to host the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea and serves as the Chairperson and CEO of the Games Organizing Committee. Her daughter is a Special Olympics athlete competing in golf and swimming and is a Global Messenger for the East Asia Special Olympics Region.

In addition, three other new board members that were elected during the last Special Olympics International Board of Directors meeting in November 2010 attended their first board meeting yesterday.  Those new members include:

    • Figure skating champion Michelle Kwan
    • Special Olympics Canada athlete Matthew Williams
    • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director Elisabeth M. Dykens

For a complete list of current Special Olympics International Board Members please click here.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to nearly 3.5 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition health screenings, and other related programs.  Special Olympics now takes place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in all regions of the world and in community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard.  Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.

CONTACT:
Mandy Murphy
Special Olympics
+1-202-824-0227      
mamurphy@specialolympics.org

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