Archive for Thursday, January 13, 2005

Support Special Olympics

January 13, 2005

New years are always full of resolutions, new plans and new goals. As you consider what you'd like to achieve in this new year, I encourage you to consider Special Olympics and help us make changes.
As a sports movement, we provide training and competition to 5,384 people with intellectual disabilities throughout our state. Many people don't realize that intellectual disability is the largest disability population in the world.
This population often has been shunned from society, ignored, teased and underestimated, but at Special Olympics we celebrate our athlete's contributions and we invite you to join us in our goal of transforming lives.
There are many ways that you can make a difference this year. Become a sports coach or volunteer with one of our local programs. Or join us for one of our many fund-raisers throughout the state this year. I invite you to join us as a fan in the stands at our state games. Games will be June 3 to 5 in Wichita.
Or simply don't use hurtful terms like "retard" and help us respect everyone who may seem different. Another way to help Special Olympics is when you do your shopping. Procter and Gamble is helping Special Olympics create this world of change. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this partnership. As the makers of such household products, Procter and Gamble will offer 10 cents to Special Olympics for every product sold between now and Jan. 31.
So ask yourself, how will you make a difference in 2005 and consider Special Olympics as the way to help make change in your community?
Kelly Curran
Special Olympics Kansas

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