Yuna Kim, reigning women’s Olympic figure skating champion, guides a Special Olympics athlete along the ice in Korea.
For Immediate Release
Yuna Kim to Serve as Goodwill Ambassador for Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013
SEOUL, South Korea – Today Special Olympics appointed Yuna Kim, reigning women’s Olympic figure skating champion, as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. The announcement took place at the Dongchun Special School located at Nowongu, Seoul. Key dignitaries, Sung Sun Kyung, Director of Special Olympics Korea and Peter Wheeler, Chief of Strategic Properties of Special Olympics were in attendance, and welcomed by Na Kyung Won, Chairwoman of Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013. Prior to the Special Olympics announcement, Yuna Kim conducted a clinic providing instruction to a group of Special Olympics figure skaters at the Dongchun Indoor Ice Skating Rink. Yuna Kim, who was also an ambassador for the PyeongChang Bid Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics will now start a new journey to promote Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013.
Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO Special Olympics, welcomed Yuna Kim by saying, “I cannot begin to tell you how pleased we are at Special Olympics that you’ve volunteered your time and infectious enthusiasm to become one of our Global Ambassadors and a Goodwill Ambassador for the Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013. You know how excited we are that the Special Olympics World Winter Games are coming to Pyeongchang in 2013. Knowing that you will play an invaluable part in educating the Korean people about those Games, and about our work in Special Olympics, makes us feel enormously grateful. And I know that your commitment today will inspire other Koreans – especially young people – to volunteer their time and help bring the Games to life.” Yuna Kim was also welcomed to Special Olympics by legendary figure skater and world champion Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner in a video that was shown at the press conference.
Yuna Kim has a great legacy of community service. She also currently serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, another leading organization with which Special Olympics recently signed a joint MOU to strengthen the commitment to uphold the rights, dignity and inclusion of children with disabilities. Yuna Kim will continue this legacy as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador, by helping to raise awareness, change attitudes and impact policies through her representation as a Goodwill Ambassador of the Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013. As a leading sports figure in Korea, she will help bring local awareness to on the importance of inclusion of those with intellectual disabilities and advocate to the world about the Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013.
Yuna Kim joins the ranks of international swimming legend Michael Phelps, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, international basketball star Yao Ming, Olympic Gymnastics Gold Medalist Nadia Comaneci, three-time Major golf champion Padraig Harrington, figure skating world champion Scott Hamilton, actress and singer Vanessa Williams, and Princess of Monaco Charlene Wittstock who are currently serving as Special Olympics Global Ambassadors helping to build support for Special Olympics' work around the world.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport 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 3.7 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 all over the world. 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 www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com
About Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013
The Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013 will be held from January 26th to February 6th, 2013 at PyeongChang, Korea, the hub of winter sports. It will be the largest Special Olympics World Winter Games featuring seven categories of sports including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, speed skating, figure skating, and floor hockey. The Games will demonstrate unity of overcoming the differences of region, borders, political belief, age, race and religion.Visit us at www.2013SOPOC.org