Media Alert for Capitol Hill Day

February 07, 2012

Special Olympics and Best Buddies participants and supporters will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with America’s elected leaders to urge continued commitment to the work of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver and make sure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are top of the mind when critical decisions are made for the country.

**MEDIA ALERT**

WHO:                           Delegations of Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants, coaches, program leaders, and family members from more than 40 states will participate in their annual ‘Capitol Hill Day.’  Also joining are Timothy P. Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO; Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO); and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

WHAT:                           Special Olympics and Best Buddies participants and supporters will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with America’s elected leaders to urge continued commitment to the work of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver and make sure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are top of the mind when critical decisions are made for the country. Throughout the day, athletes and ambassadors will meet face-to-face with their Congressional representatives in more than 300 scheduled appointments.

 

Following meetings on the Hill, a candlelight vigil will be held as a poignant reminder of everyone’s ability to aid in the fight for civil rights for all.

           

WHERE & WHEN:         Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Wednesday, February 8

  • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Meetings on-going all day(Media should contact Special Olympics or Best Buddies for more information on specific meetings)

  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM
    • Candlelight Vigil: Capitol Hill Reflecting Pool
    • Vigil open to public/press; 1-on-1 interviews available upon request
    • Speakers to include:
    • Tim Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman & CEO
    • Lindsay Mibach, Special Olympics athlete from California
    • Edward Corser, Best Buddies Ambassador from Florida
    • Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    • Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

 

WHY:                            Because people with IDD continue to lack access to essential human services - ranging from employment opportunities to access to healthcare - Special Olympics and Best Buddies will urge members of Congress to support critical government programs that address these needs.  More than 200 million people around the globe have IDD, making this the largest disability group worldwide.

 

CONTACT:

Mandy Murphy                                                 Jennifer Hanlon

Special Olympics                                            Best Buddies International

(202) 824-0227                                                  +1 (305) 374-2233 x 245

                                    mamurphy@specialolympics.org                        +Day of: (305) 898-9982

                                                                            jenniferhanlon@bestbuddies.org

Your Donation Matters

Special Olympics transforms athletes’ lives through the joy of sport. Help us make a difference.

DONATE TODAY»

Volunteer Near You

Volunteering with Special Olympics is fun and very rewarding, for both the athlete and the volunteer!

LEARN MORE»

Follow Us

Help us reach out to one more athlete.

Donate »

Find events near you and learn about volunteer opportunities at one of our 220 worldwide locations.

FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU »

Videos and Photos

DifferentBarry Cairns tells what it's like to be a Special Olympics athlete.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

SpeechlessSpecial Olympics changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Summer GamesAround the world, months of practice are paying off.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Photos on FBSee photos and comments from our supporters around the world.See Photos »


Videos and Photos

Hope in HaitiLeo and Gedeon play in makeshift fields, tent towns, wherever they can.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Finding His VoiceDavid Egan has always dreamed big. Now look at him!Learn More »


Videos and Photos

Sport Teaches UsOur life-changing work is fueled by the power of sport.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Making SuccessDoctors said Lani is “never going to achieve anything.” Learn More »


Videos and Photos

Very Very SpecialMusic helps Special Olympics make an impact worldwide.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Around The WorldGreat photos of Special Olympics events and people.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Focus on ChangeWhat we do can't be done without our partners.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Power of SportsSports are a powerful way to change our athlete’s lives.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

What We DoSports, health, education, community and more.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Who We AreWe are athletes, families, celebs, volunteers and more.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Summer SportsOur athletes run, jump, swim and score in summer.See Slideshow »


Videos and Photos

Playing UnifiedUnified Sports reveals strengths in every team member.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Healthier AthletesOur free health clinics are making a huge difference.Watch Video »


Videos and Photos

Deon NamisebHe's a speaker and role model. It didn't start that way in Namibia.Learn More »


Special Olympics Blog

Health Needs Need Closer Examination

"You can't compete if your feet hurt, if your teeth hurt or if your ears ache."read more »

Posted on 2014-04-07 by Ryan

go to blog »


*

Special Olympics - Become a Fan