Quick note of thanks for all the support after the Colbert Report and Bill Maher interviews.  I hope the interviews can serve as catalysts to heighten the urgency around our messages of inclusion, acceptance and respect for people with intellectual diff-abilities.

I really appreciate both Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher, and their extremely talented staffs, for inviting me on their shows.  One regret I have is that we weren’t able to have a Special Olympics athlete on the set to do the interview with me. I am always honored to speak on behalf of our Special Olympics movement but there will never be a spokesperson better for our organization than the athletes themselves.  Hopefully it’s something we will make happen in the future.

Lots of you have been asking about the red shoelaces I was wearing.  The shoelaces are actually a fundraiser that started in our Europe/Eurasia region to help raise money for our athletes. Here’s some more info and here’s the page to order some laces for yourself and two, three or 20 of your closest friends. (Note the handy currency converter on the right side of the page.)

Wear the Laces!


6 thoughts on “The Red Shoelaces

  1. Love these laces, now if I could only find purple & yellow I could make the perfect pairs of laces for the team! As for jury duty I was called probably 3 or 4 times while in college

  2. Kudos! I just ordered 30 pair of laces for the members and coaches of the Myers Park Women’s Varsity Soccer Team here in Charlotte NC, of which my Special Olympian is the “Official Ball Girl”. Love the idea for our athletes with diff-abilities!

  3. Hi Tim,

    I really enjoyed your interviews on the Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher. I am an avid viewer of both shows, and I have to say I think your appearance on The Colbert Report was probably my favorite guest interview in the 5 or 6 years the show has been on. I was very moved by the phrase “You’re allowed to be humiliating, hurtful, and degrading — I’m allowed to petition you to at least recognize what you say, and be aware of the option you have to stop.” And it looked like Stephen may have choked up a little, too.

    I have always had great admiration for your family and their tremendous contribution to the national and global struggles so many people face. I often listen to speeches from your uncles (Bobby, Ted, and John) and am truly inspired by the sincere compassion and caring they so clearly feel towards their fellow human beings. I felt that same inspiration listening to your interviews, and I really wish that kind of eloquent, compassionate, and inspirational language was more common in American discourse today.

    -Looking forward to your next interview and the arrival of my new sets of red laces!

    Rob Brown

  4. Thanks for the kind words Janey. Of course, quote away! I appreciate the hard work you do as an educator in order to make the world a more accepting place.


  5. I enjoyed your appearance on Bill Maher. I’d like to use a quote from you about using language that helps and not language that hurts in our elementary school newsletter. I’m a special ed. teacher and couldn’t have said it any better. Do I have your permission to quote you?


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