“The fact that so many accomplished, wonderful people are here is a testament to the impact that the Special Olympics has had on our nation, and has had on our world,” said President Obama in his remarks at the White House. “This organization has touched so many lives, and tonight Michelle and I are thrilled that we get a chance to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been a part of it.”
Some of the world’s leading social activists, business leaders, entertainers, members of Congress and sports legends were in attendance including Dikembe Mutumbo, Senator Tom Harkin, Stevie Wonder, Hannah Teter, Glenn Lyons, Antonio Urcelay, Nicole Scherzinger, Arne Sorenson, Anne Finucane and Kevin Farr.
Teaming up with Special Olympics for the first time, Katy Perry, one of the world’s most popular performers of all time, and called by Brina Kei Maximo the voice of our ‘unified generation’, kicked off the night by performing ‘Roar’ dedicating the song to the entire ‘unified generation, and also sang ‘Firework’ and ‘This Moment’.
The entertainment portion of the evening which included the speaking program by the unified generation and concert by Katy Perry was produced by Blayne Candy of Showcall Productions.
Special Olympics is grateful to the many supporters who have been champions behind our vision of a future of respect and acceptance, especially founding partner The Coca-Cola Company
and also the Walt Disney Company and global presenting sponsor of unified sports, ESPN