Special Olympics Announces Additions to International Board of Directors: Harvard University and Boston Red Sox Host Board Members

November 14, 2013

Special Olympics International Board of Directors meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts concluded on November 12 focusing discussions around the future of the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program and how it will transform the Special Olympics movement, with the goal of creating social inclusion through sports.

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. -- Special Olympics elected onto the Board of Directors the following new members: Janet Froetscher, CEO of Special Olympics, as Officer; Dr. Federico Garcia Godoy, representing the Latin America Regional Leadership Council; Mr. Kim Byeong Deok, representing the East Asia Leadership Council and Benjamin Haack, Special Olympics Athlete from Australia. Long standing Board member Ossie Kilkenny, accountant and media investor, was elected as Treasurer.    

The Boston Red Sox and owner and Special Olympics Board Director Lawrence "Larry" Lucchino hosted Board Members at meeting space in historic Fenway Park, and in conjunction with the theme of the Board meeting, Harvard University hosted a Special Olympics Unified Sports celebration.  Harvard University welcomed Board members, athletes from Special Olympics Massachusetts and members of the Harvard Men's Varsity Ice hockey team to play a fun game of floor hockey at Hemenway Gymnasium. Additionally, Harvard University Law hosted an intimate dinner reception with a panel discussion around 'Disability and Unified.'

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors is the ultimate governing authority for the Special Olympics movement and is composed of leaders in the areas of business, government, disability, sports and entertainment. The Board is responsible for the global affairs and strategies of Special Olympics; determines its policies and programs and oversees all top-level management. Board Directors are elected to a three-year term and may be re-elected twice - for a maximum of nine consecutive years of service.

"What an honor to our entire movement for these leaders to join our International Board of Directors," said Janet Froetscher, CEO of Special Olympics. "Each Board member will be a strong asset in helping us further our mission in breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities."

For biographies of the new members and a complete list of current Special Olympics International Board Members please visit the Special Olympics website.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world. Through work in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 70,000 competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympicsfb.com/specialolympicsyoutube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympics.org/blog.

Contact Info

Kirsten Seckler, Special Olympics
+1 202-492-6671
kseckler@specialolympics.org

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