The following is an excerpt from the article titled Special Olympics work inspiring for MLB stars: Contreras, Torres now global ambassadors for organization published by MLB News.
In September, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres were announced as the first MLB players to partner with Special Olympics as global ambassadors. As such, the two All-Stars have pledged to use their platforms to support the organization’s worldwide mission of ending discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities, primarily through inclusion in sports.
On Wednesday, in their first official activities as global ambassadors, Contreras and Torres met jointly, via Zoom, with Special Olympics athletes in their home country of Venezuela. They also interacted separately with Special Olympics athletes, parents, coaches and staff in Illinois and New York, the respective regions that will be the focus of their efforts in the U.S. Contreras and Torres, who both live in Florida during the off-season, will also be involved in Special Olympics initiatives in that state.