A specially taped video with Special Olympics’ Chairman, Dr. Tim Shriver, together with Special Olympics International Board Directors and Global Ambassadors including Yao Ming, Michelle Kwan, Bart Conner, Vanessa Williams, Li Na, and Matthew Williams delivered warm welcome messages to Zhou Xun during the concert. Dr. Shriver said, “I’m thrilled to welcome you as our global ambassador, as our voice, as our face, as our presence in the heart of Special Olympics. I can’t wait to work with you to make the world more joyful and justice.”
Zhou Xun said, “It is a great honor to be named by Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador. Every human being deserves equal opportunity and dignity. I will work closely with Special Olympics to raise awareness for people with intellectual disabilities, embrace them with respect, and let more people understand the true meaning of tolerance, equality, justice and integration.”
Special Olympics and Zhou Xun also invited Jacky Xue and Henry Lau, two famous celebrities, to visit the special schools before the concert. They were joined by badminton world champion, SOEA Regional Badminton Lecturer Lu Lan and world tennis grand slam player, Special Olympics Global Ambassador Li Na.