In Special Olympics we promote sport as a vehicle for ending discrimination and stigma of people with intellectual disabilities – of which there are more than 200 million people in the world. The vast majority face a life of prejudice and discrimination, loneliness and limitation. Our number one challenge in Special Olympics is to end that.
For our mission to succeed, we have to be able to do two things: First, to reach out to people with intellectual disabilities and their families and welcome them onto the field of sport. Secondly, we must be able to communicate the message of their abilities as a way of overturning stigma and prejudice. If we don’t do both, we’re not successful.