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Special Olympics Announces Chinese Actress Zhou Xun as Global Ambassador

Today, Special Olympics announced Chinese actress Zhou Xun as a Global Ambassador during the charity concert "One Night" in Beijing.
Two women with microphones stand on a stage in front of words that say One Night in English and Chinese
Acclaimed actress Zhou Xun (right) was named a Special Olympics Global Ambassador on 16 July.

Creating New Opportunities for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Regional President and Managing Director of Special Olympics East Asia (SOEA), Ms Mary Gu, awarded Zhou Xun with the official commissioning certificate. The two parties will work together to promote the development of Special Olympics and strive towards creating continuous opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, empowering them to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

An Award-Winning Philanthropist

As one of the most celebrated Chinese actresses, singers, and philanthropic environmentalists, Zhou Xun has been honored as a Best Actress by the Paris Film Festival, the Asian Film Award, the Chinese Film Media Award, the People's Hundred Flower Award, amongst many others. She was named by CNN as one of the “25 Greatest Asian Actors” of all time. Being the first-ever Mainland Chinese actress to receive a Hong Kong Film Award in the Best Supporting Actress category, Zhou Xun is also the first artist to receive Best Actress accolades from all three top film awards in Chinese-language cinema: Taiwan's Golden Horse Award, the Hong Kong Film Award, and Mainland China's Golden Rooster Award.

Since 2004, Zhou Xun has organized the annual charity concert. This year, as the newly appointed Special Olympics Global Ambassador, Miss Zhou set the theme of the charity concert as “Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities”, and all revenue of the concert will be donated to the Special Olympics Movement. In addition, Zhou Xun invited Special Olympics athlete Yu Tianli from Shanghai Chang Ning Vocational School, who has both intellectual and vision disabilities, to perform the finale song with all artists participating in the concert.

330 Zhou Xun smiles as she stands in front of a dark background on stage

Zhou Xun set the theme of this year's One Night charity concert as “Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities”

A Message of Welcome to Zhou Xun

A specially taped video with Special Olympics’ Chairman, Dr. Tim Shriver, together with Special Olympics International Board Directors and Global Ambassadors including Yao Ming, Michelle Kwan, Bart Conner, Vanessa Williams, Li Na, and Matthew Williams delivered warm welcome messages to Zhou Xun during the concert. Dr. Shriver said, “I’m thrilled to welcome you as our global ambassador, as our voice, as our face, as our presence in the heart of Special Olympics. I can’t wait to work with you to make the world more joyful and justice.”

Zhou Xun said, “It is a great honor to be named by Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador. Every human being deserves equal opportunity and dignity. I will work closely with Special Olympics to raise awareness for people with intellectual disabilities, embrace them with respect, and let more people understand the true meaning of tolerance, equality, justice and integration.”

Special Olympics and Zhou Xun also invited Jacky Xue and Henry Lau, two famous celebrities, to visit the special schools before the concert. They were joined by badminton world champion, SOEA Regional Badminton Lecturer Lu Lan and world tennis grand slam player, Special Olympics Global Ambassador Li Na.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners. Click here for a full list of partners. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and our blog on Medium.

Special Olympics East Asia is one of the seven regions of Special Olympics. It works closely with its six accredited Programs, Special Olympics China, Special Olympics Chinese Taipei, Special Olympics Hong Kong, Special Olympics Korea, Special Olympics Macau and Special Olympics Mongolia to promote Special Olympics movement throughout the Region. Engage with us on Weibo @ www.weibo.com/soea