Special Olympics Chairman Speaks On Global Unity in Davos; Korea


Dr. Timothy P. Shriver Attends World Economic Forum Followed by South Korea for Celebration of One-Year Countdown to Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013

Washington, D.C., 26 January 2012 – Special Olympics Chairman and CEO, Dr. Timothy P. Shriver will share a message of global unity as he attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and then continues on to South Korea for the one-year countdown celebration of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

While in Davos, Shriver will be meeting with an array of global leaders to share Special Olympics vision to change lives through the power of sport and in an effort to exchange ideas and inspire change. Most notably, Shriver will be speaking in Davos on the evening of 26 January hosted by long-time Special Olympics global partner, The Coca-Cola Company .  Shriver will be speaking alongside Dr. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee , as both speak to Coca-Cola’s commitment to the power of their partnerships, and the power of sports to promote global unity.

From Davos, Shriver will continue on to South Korea to celebrate the one-year countdown to the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, in PyeongChang, Korea. Special Olympics , the global leader for people with intellectual disabilities, will hold their next World Winter Games in the same location where the 2018 Winter Olympics will occur. This multi-sport event will take place from 29 January to 6 February 2013 featuring nearly 3,300 athletes from 120 countries, competing in seven different Olympic-type sports.

 A celebratory event will be held the afternoon of 29 January in Seoul City Hall Square in South Korea with Shriver, Na Kyung Won, Chair of the 2013 Games Organizing Committee and Yuna Kim, ladies figure skating gold medalist and ambassador to Special Olympics 2013 World Winter Games.

 “I’m eager to have this opportunity to share the message of our Special Olympics movement in Davos because in a global economy, everyone matters,” shared Shriver. “I’m also excited to celebrate that we have just one year to go until our 2013 World Winter Games showcase the tremendous abilities of those with intellectual disabilities to everyone in Korea and across the world.”

 Media who need more information are requested to visit: Special Olympics' online press room   For more information on the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, please visit www.2013sopoc.org .

About Special Olympics Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now take place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world, from community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard to World Games. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics ; fb.com/specialolympics ; youtube.com/specialolympicshq , and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com .

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Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics has grown from a few hundred athletes to nearly four million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs.