One of my bucket list items is a trip to a Special Olympics World Games. Not this year, but I will be following the event closely.
Here is a press release for the 2013 games.
Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013
Special Olympics, a Movement that unleashes the transformative power and joy of sport reveal the full
potential of athletes with intellectual disabilities, is holding the next Special Olympics World Winter
Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, in January 2013. These games will unite the world through sports
and celebrate the talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, forming a new global vision
of acceptance. The 2013 Special Olympics Games are being held in the future site of the 2018 Winter
Every two years since 1968, alternating between summer and winter sports, Special Olympics World
Games are a flagship event of Special Olympics which highlights on a global scale Special Olympics work
in sport, health, education and community.
When: 29 January - 5 February, 2013
Participants: 3,300 athletes and coaches representing 112 countries
Over 15,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators
Where: PyeongChang, South Korea
Vision: Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting
respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual
disabilities through the power and joy of sports. The Special Olympics World Winter
Games will be a milestone event celebrating differences in ability and promoting a more
inclusive world for all.
Sports: Special Olympics athletes from every corner of the globe will travel to Korea to compete
in 8 Olympic-type sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow
Shoeing, Short Track Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey and Floor Ball
For more information you are kindly invited to visit:
The official website: www.2013sopoc.org