February 22, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Myanmar

A Welcoming Myanmar

By Donna de Varona

I’m inspired to share my joyful experience visiting Special Olympics Myanmar. I had the pleasure of visiting the program HQ in Yangon and meeting with family director Kyaw Htut, and Executive Member Thein Win. It was inspiring to see first hand how the Special Olympics Movement thrives on passion and volunteerism from leaders and families that know if they do not support their own programs, no one will. During my visit I engrossed myself talking with parents and volunteers, answering and asking many questions. One volunteer wants to use an available 50-meter pool to teach athletes swimming. I told him about our wonderful partner in the Michael Phelps Foundation and their IM Program and that I would follow up to see if the Foundation could send a coach to train volunteers. Thank you Special Olympics Myanmar for your hard work, passion, courage, and relentless dedication and for reminding me yet again that Special Olympics is where I continue to truly find the very best people.

About Donna de Varona: I am on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors.
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