November 15, 2013 |

In Memoriam

By Dennis Brueggemann

Paul Berman: Our Friend, our Teacher and a Trailblazer

Paul Berman, founder of the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program and a chief architect of the overall health platform within the movement, passed away Sunday. Decades ago, before there was a program called Healthy Athletes, Paul was among the first to stress the urgency of the health challenges faces by our athletes and convince others that it was an issue that Special Olympics could and needed to address. His energy was boundless as he spent hours talking about and planning an intervention that would later blossom to become the largest public health initiative for people with intellectual disabilities. He will be long remembered by many of our Program leaders as a pioneer who trained countless Opening Eyes Clinical Directors across our Latin American region and brought new vision to countless athletes over the years.

About Dennis Brueggemann: Regional President and Managing Director Special Olympics Latin America
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