"An Opportunity to Shout Out From Costa Rica"
The night was magnificent, with colors and joy and was attended by the Minister of Sports, William Corrales, Dennis Brueggemann, President and Regional Director of Special Olympics Latin America and Carlos Valverde, President of Special Olympics Costa Rica among other important personalities from Government, Costa Rican soccer officials and Football Ambassadors.
The ceremony took place at the stadium Cuty Monge, starting with the official event song performed by Los Agenos and called “It´s part of your life”, followed by a parade of the delegations from Paraguay, USA, Mexico, Guatemala , Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador and Costa Rica.
The President of Special Olympics Costa Rica, Carlos Valverde, during his speech gave an important message to all present, "We saw an opportunity to shout out from Costa Rica and to the world the ability of our Special Olympics athletes; today in football, yesterday and tomorrow in all sports. In the relentless struggle to achieve a full integration of people with disabilities in our societies "
On the other hand, Dennis Bruggemann, President and Regional Director of Special Olympics Latin America emphasized the importance of football to the organization and to develop this tournament under the concept of Special Olympics Unified Sports "Tonight we celebrate the" school of life "- football - which gives us a unique way to promote values of tolerance, justice and dignity for both people withintellectual disabilities and for all of us. Athletes and unified partners here today, by being members of the same team, you are creating lasting friendships and helping to bring people from all walks of life in a community of equality and tolerance "
Sports Minister of Costa Rica, William Corrales, welcomed the presence of the visiting delegations "Here is the football with passion, here is the football of integration, here is the football that sparks passions."
One of the most emotional moments were thewords of Ariel Ary, athlete and Special Olympics Global Messenger who reminded the audience that "during this international tournament, we will see that young people with and without intellectual disabilities, will enhance theirlives with a life experience and will be able to share values, norms and passions in a unified way"