Seoul, South Korea – 29 January 2012 - With one year to go, in a lively celebration in Seoul City Hall Plaza, the city of Seoul gathered together uniting around Special Olympics and the Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held in PyeongChang in 2013. In January 2013, Korea will open its arms to more than 2,300 Special Olympics athletes from over 100 countries for the Winter Games featuring seven Olympic-type sports in the same place the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held.
The celebration featured performances by popular Korean groups including Koyota, INY, and 8PINK. Poppin Hyun Jun and dancers with intellectual disabilities led the crowd in a flash mob that had the whole square sharing with excitement. Remarks were given by Congresswoman Na Kyung Won, Chair of the Special Olympics World Winter Games Organizing Committee PyeongChang 2013, and Special Olympics Goodwill Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater Yuna Kim, who invited the people of Korea to be part of the Special Olympics World Winter Games and stressed the importance of acceptance and inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities.
Remarks from Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, were shared, “Korea, you will host the world. You will be a leader of welcome as more than 2,300 athletes from more than 100 nations travel here to unite together and celebrate the power of the human spirit. Together, we can show the world that through sport we can create acceptance by weaving together people in relationships of mutual respect and support.”
On Monday, 30 January a Sponsor Summit and Charity Gala will be held and include representatives from Cheil Textile, The Coca Cola Company, Mattel, P&G, Hilton Worldwide, Lions Club International, Seoul National University, Korea University, and Sangmyung University, who have all pledged their support to the Special Olympics’ World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013.
With less than 365 days to go, PyeongChang is on track to host a spectacular Special Olympics World Games and will lay the foundation to leave a legacy of acceptance and inclusion throughout Korea and the world.
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About Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013
The 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held from January 29th to February 6th, 2013 at PyeongChang, South Korea, the hub of winter sports. It’s expected to be the largest Special Olympics World Winter Games, featuring seven categories of sports including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snow boarding, snow shoeing, speed skating, figure skating, and floor hockey. The Games will demonstrate the unity that comes with overcoming barriers of race, religion, ethnicity and economic and education level. More information is available at the World Games official website (http://www.2013sopoc.org). Also, please follow on social media:Facebook: www.fb.com/SpecialOlympicsKorea2013, Twitter: English: @Korea_2013 Korean: @2013PyeongChang
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport 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 more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now take place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world, from community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard to World Games. 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. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.