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
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
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,
“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
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
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
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,