SHANGHAI, China, Oct. 5 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- In a star-studded event
at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Special Olympics honored twelve
extraordinary individuals and the city of Shanghai for the "special"
contributions they have made and continue to make to promote and raise
awareness of the understanding and acceptance of people with intellectual
disabilities, and the Special Olympics movement around the world. Guests
included Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Timothy Shriver, Maria Shriver, Quincy
Jones, Colin Farrell, Bianca Jagger, Donna deVerona and Special Olympics
International Global Messengers with performances by Vanessa L. Williams,
Lang Lang, Sun Rue and Yang Chen.
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"All of the 'Special Spirit in China Award of Excellence' honorees have
been longtime fans of the Special Olympics movement. They've dedicated
their lives to enhance our efforts and educate the world about the
accomplishments of individuals with intellectual disabilities," said
Special Olympics International Chairman Timothy Shriver.
Special Spirit in China Awards of Excellence were presented to:
-- Nelson Mandela for his "special lifetime global leadership in
promoting human dignity"
-- Deng Pufang for his "special leadership in promoting understanding
and acceptance through sport"
-- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for "his special
leadership in raising the profile and awareness for Special Olympics
-- Vanessa Williams for her "special artistry and commitment in the
support of Special Olympics worldwide"
-- Nadia Comanici and Yao Ming for their "special international
contributions to the glory of sport"
-- Special Olympics athlete Stacey Johnston for her "special
inspiration and leadership among athletes of all nations"
-- Drs. Paul Berman and Stephen Pearlman for their "special
contributions to the health and well being of people with
-- The city of Shanghai for its "special hospitality, grace and
friendship in hosting the 2007 World Summer Games"
-- Ray and Stephanie Lane for their "special support and encouragement
of the global Special Olympics movement"
-- Air Marshall Denzil Joseph Keelor for his "special efforts
enhancing the Special Olympics movement in India"
Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated
to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become
physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports
training and competition. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver,
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to 2.5
million adults and children with intellectual disabilities across 165
countries. The Special Olympics Movement offers one of the world's greatest
platforms for acceptance and inclusion for all people--regardless of race,
religion, ethnicity or cultural differences. Corporate sponsors of Special
Olympics include: adidas, Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, DHL,
Mattel, Inc. and Mattel Children's Foundation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide. Find out how you can become involved at
SOURCE Special Olympics