Special Olympics

Coca-Cola Canada Cheers on Special Olympics Athletes

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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

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Volunteering for Special Olympics Refreshes Coca-Cola Ambassador’s Perspective on Life

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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

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A Special Colleague: Meet Coca-Cola Venezuela's Andrés Delgado, a Special Olympics Champion

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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

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Selfie Sticks and Snapping Pics: My Experience With the Coke CEO at the Special Olympics World Games

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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 media.” (Granted, I’m 24.. so I technically could still be an

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The Super Duper All-Stars: My Special Friends

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It really is true – your life can change in an instant.  More than a decade ago on a casual Sunday afternoon, I went to my local track for a workout and came home as a volunteer coach for the Manchester Super Duper All-Stars Special Olympics track team. Since that life-changing day, I've dedicated countless weekends to Super Duper practices and meets. Coaching these Special Olympic athletes, from kindergartners to adults older than my parents

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Historic Los Angeles Venues Play Host to Special Olympics World Games

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As 6,500 athletes from 165 nations took part in the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Games, it was another important feather in the cap of one of the country's most historic venues, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the first of several classic L.A.-area venues hosting key events and inspiring athletes this week.The Coliseum opened in 1923 as a memorial for World War I soldiers at a cost of just under $1 million. Since then,

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#ReachUp Stars Light Up Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony

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“So everyone reach up, put your hands together/Don’t give up, climb forever.” These inspiring lyrics officially kicked off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games during the Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles. Marc Roberge and his O.A.R bandmates and Cody Simpson hit the stage with rock stars Bree Bogucki and Madison Tevlin. The fab foursome performed in front of thousands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The performance

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'Pure Joy': What Volunteering With Special Olympics Means to Me

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I’ve always felt extremely blessed to work for a global company that makes an impact on the world. We have so many opportunities to volunteer at different events. We all volunteer for different reasons, but the outcome is always the same: the people we are there to help end up touching our lives way more than we could ever help them.  I can only describe my volunteer experience this past weekend at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles

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Inside the Growth and Evolution of the Special Olympics World Games

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July 20, 1968, was a glimmer of hope in what was one of the most volatile years in the history of the United States. The country was in turmoil. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was facing her own personal tragedy, as her brother, Robert Kennedy, was assassinated that June. Yet, she decided to move forward with her plans to use sports to open the hearts and minds of people to those with intellectual disabilities, because she believed everyone deserved

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'He Never Wasted a Hug': Coke's Ben Deutsch on His Brother, Billy, and the Power of Special Olympics

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When the 2015 Special Olympics World Games roll into Los Angeles later this week, it will be very personal for me.I was blessed with an older brother, Billy. Billy had Down syndrome. He was 10 years older than me, and many of my memories as his little brother were watching him compete in Special Olympics events in Northern Minnesota towns such as Duluth and Cloquet.  This was in the 1970s. I was little then and don’t remember a whole lot,

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