Special Olympics Athletes Stir Optimism in Coca-Cola Employee

As a Coca-Cola employee, I’ve had the privilege to spend several days with the Special Olympics athletes in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

The athletes’ spirit, dignity and optimism are so contagious.

From walking in the Parade of Athletes at the Opening Ceremonies, to watching competition and delivering medals to the athletes, it has all been a very touching experience.

It was an honor to participate and receive my first medal at Unified Snow Shoeing. (Unified Sports are sports where people with and without intellectual disabilities play together). This is a program that allows people to share smiles, achievements and honor with the athletes.

It has also been a great experience for me to see the Company at work at the Special Olympics World Winter Games: From the pre-event activation that Coca-Cola Korea has done to promote the event and make a connection with our brands, to the work that the team did on-site to deliver over half a million servings of our products to athletes, officials, and family members.

I feel proud to take part of this event, and work for a Company that values acceptance, inclusion and optimism.

Francesca Aguilar is Senior Manager, NBA & Special Olympics at The Coca-Cola Company.

Want more on Special Olympics? A mother of one of the Special Olympics Team USA athletes is blogging on their experience in Korea and the World of Coca-Cola shared their Special Olympics exhibit which includes a great video.