Over the past seven months, Special Olympics has been working alongside accessiBe as members of their delegation prepared to take part in the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 as volunteers.
Three members of accessiBe’s staff touched down in Berlin on 16 June 2023 ready to immerse themselves in the World Games experience. Volunteers from accessiBe included
Amy Bronstein and Josue Polanco, both digital communications volunteers, alongside Assaf Haber, a graphic design volunteer.
Over the course of five days, the accessiBe delegation not only took part in volunteer shifts producing content for Games, they also had the opportunity to learn about how Special Olympics is a global movement driven by not only sports but also health, education and athlete leadership.
“The range of programs and activities that Special Olympics offers outside of sports shocked me. It’s so much more than meets the eye. The atmosphere of World Games is unmatched. Everyone has come from all over the world, with one central mission – inclusion.”
Following the opening ceremonies on 17 June, the delegation attended a number of events such as a Young Athletes program demonstration, a tour of Healthy Athletes, and also took part in various sessions focused on the Global Athlete Congress and Global Youth Leadership Summit.
They attended the Special Olympics festival on multiple days, interviewing athletes, and athlete leaders from around the world about their Games experience thus far.
While in Berlin, Special Olympics and accessiBe also recorded two episodes of Inclusion Revolution Radio live in Berlin highlighting the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. While at Games, episodes were recorded with WWE Superstar and Global Ambassador Drew McIntyre and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi.