This message is especially dedicated to all the athletes and volunteers at the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai, China.
Being a volunteer tennis coach for the Special Olympics, it truly excites me that the Special Olympics World Games is going on right now in Shanghai. My only regret is that I’m not there. The theme this year is, “I know I can.” That epitomizes my thoughts from my own experience. I have been working with the Mercer team for many years, helping them prepare for the Summer Games every June. They inspire me on a daily basis and help me believe in myself. They inspire me with dedication, energy, unconditional love, teamwork, fearlessness and joy. They make ME a better person. Do yourself a favor and do some research on the ’07 World Games; volunteer your time; come out to the Summer Games at TCNJ the first weekend in June. Below is an article I found online.
The 80,000-seat Shanghai Stadium was filled to capacity. China’s Yao Ming, who plays basketball for the Houston Rockets, and the U.S. Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, both wildly popular on the international scene, received a boisterous welcome as they walked with athletes during the Parade and spoke to athletes. Yao Ming missed the start of the basketball season to attend the Ceremony. “It’s worth it. Nothing is more important than doing things for Special Olympics,” he said. Schwarzenegger told athletes, “I used to play in movies as the action hero, but that was nothing compared with the real action taking place in this stadium.”
If these amazing athletes can compete with a disability, imagine what YOU’RE capable of?
“Success is not about what you intend to GET, it’s about what you intend to GIVE.” – Ed Tseng
Good luck Special Olympics Athletes!
Homework: Support the Special Olympics any way you can…