The week of July 15 – July 20, Special Olympics celebrated the Global Week of Inclusion as part of the five-year “The Revolution is Inclusion” campaign. Fittingly, the week ended with Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, which was celebrated on Saturday, July 20.
Johnson & Johnson and Aerie are among the several organizations that supported the Global Week of Inclusion. For the entire month of July, Johnson & Johnson will match every donation made to Special Olympics. Additionally, Aerie featured Special Olympics athletes in one of their recent photo shoots and by asking for donations at checkout to benefit Special Olympics.
To kick off the week, Special Olympics athletes and celebrities joined together in releasing the Inclusion Manifesto video. The ad touches on equality and the importance of coming together in a divided world.
225 landmark cities, such as Abu Dhabi and Sydney, celebrated the Global Week of Inclusion by choosing to “Light Up Red” in support for the movement.
Near the end of the week, President Donald J. Trump invited 20 Special Olympics USA representatives to the White House. The athletes, coaches and Unified Partners had time to speak with the President, who congratulated them for their combined 204 medals from the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
As part of the celebration, Unified Schools teammates Diego Salazar and Iantha Kahn joined actor Max Carver and journalist Lindsay Miller in hosting a four-hour live stream. Throughout the broadcast, several stories about inclusion were shared, including former Special Olympics Wisconsin Athlete Daina Shilts!
Shilts, along with long-time Unified Partner and friend, Hannah Teter, shared stories on equality and inclusion. Watch the live stream below and jump to 13:13 to see Shilts’ and Teter’s segment.
While the Global Week of Inclusion has ended, your opportunity to sign the Inclusion Pledge has not! Show your support for not only SOWI but also the millions of Special Olympics athletes across the globe by signing the Inclusion Pledge stating:
“I pledge to look for the lonely, the isolated, the left out, the challenged and the bullied. I pledge to overcome the fear of difference and replace it with the power of inclusion. I #ChooseToInclude.”