Yesterday, Special Olympics athletes started a quest to bring hope and inspiration to Greece. When the Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 was lit by the sun’s rays along the lines of the original torch lighting of the Olympics, at the Sacred Sight of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, the inspiration was palpable. The lighting formally launched the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Final Leg that precedes the Summer Games which begin in just 15 days! You can read more about today’s event on our website, and be sure to see some pictures form the event below, but in this space I’m hoping to ask something else of you.
Watching the inspirational power of the Flame of Hope, and having the privilege to speak at today’s ceremony, got me thinking about the power of what these Games mean to the country of Greece and its’ future, as well as the future of Special Olympics around the globe.
So I’d like to ask your help with my Opening Ceremony speech by having you answer a question – What do you want for the future of Special Olympics?
Ours is the world’s largest Movement for respect and inclusion, driven by the catalytic power of sport, and every one in our Movement – athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, youth, donors, and more – deserves to have their voices heard.
So here’s your chance! Comment on the blog here, tweet @TimShriver, or leave a post on my Facebook page and tell me what it is you want to hear in my speech at Opening Ceremony on June 25 to help shape the future of Special Olympics!
Can’t wait to hear from you!
Photos from June 9 Torch Lighting Ceremony