Thursday, June 30, 2011

In the Spirit of The Games!

At The Games & Skyler with Eddie Barbanell!

Yesterday we visited the Olympic Games to view some of the sports and cheer on teams from around the world. courage was a common theme as Athletes from around the world performed their best! I loved the smile on the face of an athlete from the USA who while running a 3000m race ended up a lap behind. Each time he passed the stands, the crowd would roar and he kept going! His place doesn't matter, but the perserverance does!

Also amazing are the number of volunteers here from Greece and round the world. Yesterday we visited "Healthy Athletes" which include programs to give Athletes the attention of medical professionals that they need but rarely get. It was great to see the medical professionals gathering together for a common cause!

Last night we were honored to have Special Olympics International staff join us for dinner! It is great to see the importance they recognize in the youth movement! Mr. Lum, SO President and Chief Operating Officer addressed youth with sincerity and confirmation that they are making a difference! Skyler not has tons of ideas for Forest Grove and Oregon... and connections around the world!

A great ending to the night was the showing of "The Ringer" with guest Eddie Barbanell! He is an inspiration to us all! If you haven't seen it, check it out! - Team Oregon

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