Principality of Monaco: Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities today marked the first anniversary of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco as Global Ambassador.
In what already promised to be an exciting and busy year for the Princess, She took on the additional role of taking the Special Olympics’ message of inclusion and respect to a worldwide audience. According to HSH Princess Charlene: “Special Olympics is a movement that has always been close to my heart as it uses the power and joy of sport to help people with intellectual disabilities reveal their true potential while transforming attitudes around the world.”
Some of the highlights of Her Ambassador role over the past 12 months include Her attendance at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece just days before her marriage to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. On this occasion, HSH Princess Charlene marked the new chapter in Her life by leading both Team Monaco and her home country, Team South Africa, in the Parade of Athletes.
In March 2012, Princess Charlene joined fellow Special Olympics Global Ambassador and NBA basketball star, Yao Ming, for a visit to the Shanghai Pudong Special Education School in China where they spent time with instructors and administrators and enjoyed a game of volleyball with the athletes.
The Princess has also supported a number of Special Olympics fundraising events including the Amber Lounge Fashion charity auction which has raised significant funds for Special Olympics during the Monaco Grand Prix week-end for two consecutive years.
As a Global Ambassador, HSH Princess Charlene is part of a select group of athletes and celebrities dedicated to spreading the message of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. These include names such as celebrated footballers Dani Alves and Kaka, Olympic medalists Michael Phelps, Apolo Anton Ohno, Scott Hamilton, and Nadia Comaneci; golfing champion Padraig Harrington; actor Zhang Ziyi , and performer Vanessa Williams.
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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 nearly four million athletes in over 175 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now takes 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. Special Olympics continues to grow thanks in part to the support of global corporate sponsors including The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Worldwide, Mattel and Lions Club International.
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About Amber Lounge Fashion
Amber Lounge Fashion was launched in 2006, under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, to raise funds for notable charities. The Amber Lounge Fashion show has received support from major fashion labels including Missoni, Matthew Williamson, Hervé Léger, Hugo Boss, Chopard, TAG Heuer, Jimmy Choo and Elizabeth Hurley Beach. The event has become a firm favourite with the world’s media and celebrity social elite. For 2012 Amber Lounge Fashion will host its catwalk show in Monaco and Singapore. The official charity at Amber Lounge Fashion Monaco is the Special Olympics.