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Athletes on a red background. Top left has the Special Olympics and Gaming for Inclusion logo and game logos.
Gaming for Inclusion
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Thomas Labuzienski, the Strategic Brand Partnerships Manager at Microsoft joined the Inclusion Revolution Radio podcast to talk about how the Microsoft Gaming for Inclusion initiative came to life as well as his involvement with Special Olympics as a coach and volunteer.
Special Olympics and Microsoft joined forces to launch the inaugural Gaming for Inclusion event that took place from September 12 – 18, 2021. This virtual, multi-day esports tournament showcased the power of inclusion through gaming and connected people of all abilities from around the United States. The event brought together more than 90 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from 16 states for an action-packed week of esports competition in Forza Motorsport 7, Madden NFL 22, and Rocket League. The winners from each tournament secured a place to compete in the celebrity showcase that featured WWE Superstars, NFL Legends, and WBNA and NBA Superstars. The event garnered hundreds of thousands of views and brought the Inclusion Revolution to the esports world!
800x800 - Amber Gertsch giving a thumbs up in front of a television screen featuring the game Forza.
"Special Olympics gives athletes a chance to achieve. I can’t participate in contact sports, but can compete in sports like GAMING! Special Olympics has taught me that there is always a way for me to succeed.”
Amber Gertsch, Special Olympics Utah

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Stephanie Lopez, Special Olympics Illinois
"It was so much fun and exciting. My favorite part was being involved in the livestream for Rocket League. I love watching myself and other play live!”
Stephanie Lopez, Special Olympics Illinois
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The tournaments will offer machine captioning in English, as well as live American Sign Language and human-driven Audio Descriptions.