Eleven days and 1,000 medals later, the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 ended with a closing ceremony that was nothing short of magical. More than 15,000 athletes, fans and family members filled the Liebenau stadium Friday night for the final celebration. Channeling the upbeat energy of the opening ceremony, the finale event featured several electrifying acts including a performance of the Coca-Cola Unified Song, “Can You Feel It,” by artist
Sports, and more specifically Special Olympics, have changed Johanna Pramstaller's life.
Her athletic experience and involvement with the organization have helped the native Austrian build self-confidence, stay fit, clear her head, and learn how to work as part of a team.
She caught the sports bug thanks to a fellow family member with an intellectual disability who one day asked her to come and support him while he competed in a race.
She was immediately
The air was crisp. The snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps peeked out along the horizon as I creeped up to the edge of the pool. Dressed in Coca-Cola red, with my colleagues on either side, my heart was pounding. We stood before hundreds of people cheering loudly and the blinding flashes of dozens of photographers snapping away.
Over a loud speaker, the countdown began. Five. Four. Three. Two. One.
In I went, the cold
SCHLADMING, AUSTRIA--The first thing I heard upon arriving at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 was an Austrian organizer saying that the only way to fully appreciate the magic of Special Olympics was to experience it first hand.
With that in mind, I headed to Plenai Stadium despite the heavy rains pouring down on the famous ski resort near Salzburg.
Inside the stadium, I was immediately surprised by the diversity
ATLANTA – Coca-Cola employees around the world are “sending their hearts to Austria” in support of the more than 3,000 athletes from 107 countries who will compete next month in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.
The company, a founding partner of Special Olympics, hosted a special Valentine’s Day event at its global headquarters featuring 19-year-old Special Olympics Global Messenger and singer Bree Bogucki, who lent her voice
Coca-Cola has released a Unified Song for the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017, which will take place March 14-25 in Austria. “Can You Feel It” is performed by Austrian singer Rose May Alaba with musicians with intellectual disabilities from the organization Jugend am Werk (Youth at Work) playing the Veeh harp, a plucked string instrument that does not require the ability to read music. Download it here on iTunes here.
Alaba wrote the lyrics,
The Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games took place on March 1-5 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. More than 650 athletes from 12 provinces and territories proudly represented their provinces and territories after training hard to reach personal bests, forge new friendships and demonstrate the incredible abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Additionally, 250 coaches and 500 volunteers took part in the Games. Athletes
Reach up L.A.! These words continue to light up my heart whenever
I recall the remarkable events I experienced at the Special Olympics 2015 World
Summer Games in Los Angeles. Never
in my dreams did I see myself participating in a sporting event this big or on
the global stage: 6,500 athletes from 165 countries!
It all started sometime last year with an email from the Public
Affairs & Communication (PAC) team at the Coca-Cola office in
Four years ago, Andrés Delgado won five medals – three gold, one silver and one bronze – at the Special
Olympics World Games in Athens as his teammates, fans and Coca-Cola colleagues cheered him on.Last week, the Coca-Cola Venezuela mail coordinator returned the favor when he traveled to Los Angeles to root for
his fellow athletes at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Andrés qualified again to compete in his primary
It started on an elevator ride.
“Hello, I’m Muhtar Kent.” (Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola)
“Hi, Muhtar, I’m Meagan Priselac. It's nice to meet you.” (Freaking out inside because I obviously know he’s my CEO!)
“Nice to meet you as well. So, are you an intern here this
summer, Meagan?”(Chuckle to myself)
“No, sir. I used to be a few years ago. Now I help run your social
(Granted, I’m 24.. so I technically could still be an