World Leaders, Celebrities Supporting 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

World Leaders, Celebrities Supporting 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013

Sports Legends Yuna Kim, Michelle Kwan, Yao Ming; World Leaders including
Nobel Peace Prize-winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, H.E. Mrs. Joyce Banda,
President, Republic of Malawi, Others, Gather in Republic of Korea This Month
For 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15,2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --What will be the world's
most inspiring sporting event of 2013, to be held in just two weeks?


The week-long 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which kicks off on 29
January in PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea, will welcome an array of
dignitaries, sports legends, celebrities and corporate leaders to witness the
inspiring power of sports to unite people with and without intellectual

Notable names from across the world that are scheduled to attend include
sports legends Bart Conner, Toby Dawson, Donna DeVarona, Dan Jansen, Michelle
Kwan, Yuna Kim, Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutombo, Apolo Ohno, Sam Perkins, Karl
Schranz, Trixie Schuba, Hannah Teter, Michael Tritscher and Yang Yang.

Other dignitaries, celebrities and corporate leaders to attend include: H.E.
Mrs. Joyce Banda, President, Republic of Malawi; Mrs. Cherie Blair, Asian
University for Women, Chancellor; Nobel Peace Prize-winner Daw Aung San Suu
Kyi, Member of Parliament, Myanmar; Mr. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, the
Coca-Cola Company; Yang Lan, Chairperson, Sun Culture Foundation; Cindy
McCain, Chairperson, Hensley & Co.; Mr. Petar Stoyanov, Republic of Bulgaria,
Former President, the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation, President;
Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles, Mayor; Dr. Tam Wing-Kun,
President, Lions Clubs International; Carolyn Woo, CEO and President, Catholic
Relief Services and actress Zhang Ziyi.

Those will be just a few of the thousands of people who will come together as
the Republic of Korea welcomes more than 2300 Special Olympics athletes from
more than 110 nations - including countries such as Afghanistan, Kenya and
Syria - to compete in seven Olympic-type winter sports as part of the Special
Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, the same site as the 2018 Winter

The 10^th Special Olympics World Winter Games celebrations officially kick-off
later this week with the official torch lighting on 17 January in Athens,
Greece, which will travel to the Republic of Korea as part of the Law
Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, leading up to the Games Opening
Ceremony on 29 January, a first-ever Global Development Summit on 30 January
addressing "Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with
Intellectual Disabilities", sports competitions on-going for the week of 30
January – 5 February, concluding with Closing Ceremony on 5 February.

Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes worldwide come
together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of Special
Olympics in alternating World Summer and World Winter Games. The first
Special Olympics World Games took place in 1968 and since then have evolved
into a world-class sporting event, attracting a wide range of sponsors,
supporters and media. Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to
the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities and are
a capstone to more than 50,000 competitions that happen at all levels of
Special Olympics each year.

For more information about the upcoming 2013 Special Olympics World Winter
Games, please visit the Games' official website at (*Reminder that media looking to cover the
Games in PyeongChang must complete this online credential form. Media who
cannot attend but can help spread awareness are encouraged to contact Special
Olympics for details on satellite feed options, photos and stories available
to the press.)

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives 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 4 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 takes place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual
disabilities in all countries of the world to the community playgrounds and
ball fields in every small neighborhood's backyard. 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 Engage
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