Harrington Laces Up for Special Olympics!

Golf Champion Padraig Harrington will Wear the Laces at The Open Championship this week to show his support for Special Olympics athletes.

Harrington proud to Wear the Laces

Athlete David Mitchell presents Padraig Harrington with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1995 Commemorative Silver Coin at the Aberdeen Assests Management Scottish Open, Inverness. Spot the Laces!

Three-time Major Champion and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, Padraig Harrington, will ‘Wear the Laces’ for Special Olympics this week at The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s.  Harrington will attempt to win The Open Championship for a third time this week after victory in 2007 and 2008.

Harrington has been proudly wearing the Special Olympics emblazoned red shoe laces at recent tournaments in the UK and USA, including the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the US Open in San Francisco, the Irish Open at Royal Portrush and last week at the Aberdeen Assets Management Scottish Open in Inverness.  Harrington wears the laces to show his support for Special Olympics and to highlight the movement’s message of respect, acceptance and inclusion for all people with intellectual disabilities.

Padraig Harrington:“I hope by wearing the Laces for Special Olympics I will not only raise awareness but also show my support for the athletes, families, coaches and volunteers who are the heartbeat of the Special Olympics Movement.  I encourage fans of golf everywhere to also wear the laces and show their support for the athletes of Special Olympics.”

As a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics since May 2010, Harrington has conducted a number of golf clinics for Special Olympics athletes and coaches across the world.  Last week at the Aberdeen Assets Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Harrington was awarded the Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1995 Commemorative Silver Coin in recognition of his work with Special Olympics athletes and his commitment to the organisation.

Padraig Harrington explains here why he Wears the Laces

4 Million Athletes in Special Olympics

Harrington conducts a golf clinic for Special Olympics athletes at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Padraig Harrington became the first European player to win back-to-back Major Championships when he added the 2008 US PGA Championship to his 2008 Open Championship crown, having been the first Irishman to win a Major in 60 years at The 2007 Open Championship. 

With over four million athletes in over 170 countries, Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation, providing year-round training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


About Special Olympics  

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 4 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics takes place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in places like China and from regions like the Middle East to the community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighbourhood’s backyard. Special Olympics provide people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org

Special Olympics Wear the Laces Campaign:

To ‘Wear the Laces’ is simple: purchase special red shoe laces with the Special Olympics logo emblazoned on them. The aim of the ‘Wear the Laces’ campaign is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics internationally. The symbolic goal of the project is to encourage people to walk side by side, tied together by a common thread of respect, acceptance and inclusion. When you ‘Wear the Laces’ you are making it possible for the Special Olympics Movement to transform more lives through the power of sport and you declare that you are a fan of dignity and inclusion. The ‘Wear the Laces’ campaign was launched in Europe in September 2010 with Laces now being sold right across the globe. Visit www.wearthelaces.org