Honoring Moms of Special Olympics Athletes
A year ago I was fortunate enough to attend the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games as a guest of Procter & Gamble, a sponsor of Team USA. What I am even more excited to learn is that P&G has also been a long-time supporter of the Special Olympics (for 31 years) and this year they are specifically honoring the moms of Special Olympics athletes. P&G is supporting their sons and daughters with a gift to Special Olympics of a quarter of a million dollars to support local programs and services. YAY!
This year the Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Athens from June 25 through July 4. More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries around the world will compete. When speaking to Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, he expressed how excited he was that this year’s games would be held in Athens, the home of the Olympics. He sees this as making a statement that yes, the Special Olympics are the “real Olympics.” Mr. Shriver put it so well: “The Olympic spirit was born of the idea of human greatness. It was born in a setting where courage, and bravery, and excellence were defined by achievement in body and in spirit.” All I could think of as he spoke of this, was OF COURSE.
Want to see the Olympic spirit personified? Watch this 60 second clip of Special Olympics athlete Molly Hincka, as told by her mom Kelly. It was put together by P&G as part of its Thank You Mom program.
I know, I should have warned you? About the tears.
Now here is where you can help! For every new “like,” fan or comment (showing support to the Special Olympic athletes) on the Thank You Mom Facebook page, P&G will donate an additional $1 to support Special Olympics Team USA’s journey to the Athens games. They are donating up to an additional quarter of a million dollars. Now, if I could personally leave 10,000 comments everyday, I would, but I can’t so I’m asking you guys to do so because there is a fantastic organization ready and willing to write a check for your support.
This post has been sponsored by Procter & Gamble as part of their Thank You, Mom program. All opinions are my own and I think P&G is the bee’s knees for supporting the Special Olympics. You get a gold medal from me P&G.