The following is an excerpt from Elisabeth Röhm on giving her teen daughter space: 'I've had to learn to stop being a hoverer parent' published by Yahoo!Life.
Though she's since learned that a distant aunt was once a participant in Special Olympics, Röhm tells Yahoo Life that what drew her to the movement and its year-round programs was both its empowerment of athletes with intellectual disabilities and its guiding principles.
"All of us can benefit from the full philosophical point of view of Special Olympics, which really are the JEDI principles: justice, equality, diversity and inclusion," she says. "This really is the conversation of our time. So I was moved because the athletes inspired me with that sense of leadership and resilience, and their story is so applicable to all of us, really. We all could get a dose of that athletic excellence that the athletes of Special Olympics portray."