Friday, August 28, 2015

2015 Special Olympics World Games Viewing Party

Rowdy bunch at Kickstand Burger Bar. 

When I realized we could watch the Opening Ceremony for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on ESPN, I thought PARTY! Our state office for Special Olympics got on board and helped us promote the event at Kickstand Burger Bar.

40 of us attended - athletes, coaches, volunteers and families! We gave out prizes, cheered for the athletes and made new friends.

A highlight for me was seeing one of Ben's former classmates from many years ago and finding out she and Ben will be in the same class for middle school.

Ted and John. John is a two time Special Olympics World Games athlete.
He ran the 1/2 marathon in New Haven and Dublin.

Special Olympics launched a new program on the eve of the Opening Ceremony: Change the Game.
It is powerful, straight forward and comes at the right time. ESPN's coverage of the Special Olympic World Games is a first. Robin Roberts' interviews of athletes is unprecedented. The athletes are getting the deserved recognition, sharing their amazing stories and breaking down barriers around the world.

Many of our family and friends came out Saturday night for the viewing party. I might have flown away from sheer joy. Having their support and love makes it all a bit easier.

* This should have posted a month ago...

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