Last night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a dinner around ‘A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation’ at the White House. Teaming up with Special Olympics for the first time, Katy Perry, one of the world’s most popular performers, kicked off the night by performing ‘Roar,’ dedicating the song to the entire ‘unified generation.' The event celebrated 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. “The fact that so many accomplished, wonderful people are here is a testament to the impact that the Special Olympics has had on our nation, and has had on our world,” said President Obama. Special Olympics plans to engage youth across the world in a new youth activation campaign to be launched in a few months to create the first truly unified generation – a generation in which young people with and without intellectual disabilities create a future of respect and inclusion for everyone. The campaign will encourage youth everywhere to play unified to live unified.
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About Christy White: I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.