– The event will celebrate the work that Special Olympics, with the support of the Obama administration and others, has been doing to activate young people to fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice in their schools and communities. Beginning this month, with planned ongoing engagement leading up to our milestone event at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles
, Special Olympics is challenging the nation and the world to embrace the unique civil rights movement for inclusion, unity and respect that is led by people with intellectual disabilities alongside their peers without intellectual disabilities. The evening will bring together Special Olympics athletes, volunteers and worldwide supporters of the Special Olympics movement.
Special Olympics has been a partner with the Obama administration for the last six years in working to promote at home and abroad a vision where people with and without intellectual disabilities are treated equally, regardless of their ability level. The Obama administration has worked closely with Special Olympics and its partners on ending injustice in the health care system, promoting inclusive and comprehensive fitness opportunities, and fighting bullying and intolerance by promoting youth-led social inclusion in nearly 3,000 schools across America.
“Our relationship with the Obama administration runs deep and across multiple dimensions of social and policy change. Thanks to the leadership of the administration, significant gains have been made in promoting social inclusion and recognition of the rights and gifts of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide,” said Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics. “A highlight of this journey will be the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles next July, where President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of our Games. We are tremendously thankful to have their support as we embark on developing the first unified generation to inspire youth with and without intellectual disabilities to join the Special Olympics movement.”
“This dinner comes at a critically important time for communities across America and around the world as Special Olympics looks to support young people as they create the first truly unified generation,” added Special Olympics CEO Janet Froetscher. “We are kicking-off our call to action urging youth everywhere to get active with someone who is different. By playing unified sports, together we can create a future of respect and inclusion, where the lines that divide us are erased.”
Special Olympics is grateful to the many supporters who have been champions behind our vision of a future of respect and acceptance, especially founding partner The Coca-Cola Company and also the Walt Disney Company and global presenting sponsor of unified sports, ESPN.