Shanghai, China –The celebration took place in Shanghai on September 28 to mark the fourth annual global Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day in honor of the spirit and legacy of Special Olympics’ late founder.
“I feel extremely honored to join as a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, especially on such an occasion,” said Yang Yang. “Mrs. Eunice Shriver had devoted her lifelong efforts to fight against the prejudice towards people with intellectual disabilities. From her, we all find that, with fervidity, fortitude and faith, changes will happen. I am looking forward to calling on more people to join the movement to realize the gifts and talents of those intellectually disabled.”
Yang Yang joins a prestigious list of Global Ambassadors including Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, Nadia Comaneci, Scott Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Yuna Kim, Yang Lan, Yao Ming, Ricardo Montaner, Dikembe Mutombo, Apolo Anton Ohno, Michael Phelps, Vanessa Williams and Zhang Ziyi.
Special Olympics International board members who have expressed their warmest welcome in a video include: Olympics Gymnastics Gold Medalists Mr. Bart Conner and Ms. Nadia Comaneci and Figure Skating Champion and U.S. Public Diplomacy Envoy Ms. Michelle Kwan.
Special Olympics Global Ambassador, Olympics Speed Skating Gold Medalist Mr. Apolo Ohno also sent out his greetings to Yang Yang from a video message.