Athlete Spotlight

Happy Friday!

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.” -Wilferd a. peterson

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In just one short week Special Olympics USA will travel to Los Angeles to represent our country at the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year.
Be sure to download the Special Olympics USA app to stay up to date on the action! The app puts team member bios, schedules, maps, photos, social media info and more right at your fingertips. The Special Olympics USA App is the best way to get info, breaking news, updates, and exclusive features like photo sharing and social media, for the duration of the Games.

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The app is great whether you’re attending the Games in person or keeping up with Special Olympics USA from afar!

Local Athlete Featured on Blog

Sean Adams, a Special Olympics Louisiana athlete from Larose, was recently featured on Maria Shriver’s blog!  Sean wrote an article about the myths of intellectual disabilities, stating, “I want the world to see everything the world says about individuals with disabilities is not always the truth.”

 

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Sean is also a published author and has recently written a book titled, “I’m Happy to Be Me,” which you can find here.

You can read the full post here.  Be sure to share this link on your social media pages as well!

Mark your Calendars

 

Social media has shown us that everyday is a National Day for something. Well, our friends over at Friendship Circle Blog have comprised a handy calendar to mark all the Special Needs Awareness days in 2014 sorted by season. Click here to see it (While you are there, check out their other resources and posts. They have great articles for those serving people with special needs.)

 

Tearing Down the Walls

Amelia Rivera was initially denied a kidney transplant due to her intellectual disability.  But, that did not stop her parents.

In a recent blog post from Special Olympics, “The brick wall that the Riveras faced was, alas, all too familiar to the athletes and families of Special Olympics.  The Riveras’ experience was one among millions faced by people with intellectual disameliaabilities and their families every day—albeit an extreme one.  Whether it is in the institutions of health care, the halls of education, the meeting rooms of government, the fields of sport, or the whole range of social environments, people with intellectual disabilities are routinely stopped short by the walls of intolerance and ignorance.  The Riveras understood the stakes.  And they were not going to let those walls cost Amelia her life.”

Read the full post here.