There is no doubt that families are at the heart of the Special Olympics Movement. Aside from supporting and advocating for our athletes, volunteering their time as coaches, cheering as fans on the sidelines, and providing a global network of support for other families and supporters of our athletes, they also provide invaluable leadership across our movement. And Saturday night, the family leaders of Special Olympics came together at the Family Rally to celebrate the Games and commit to do even more for the athletes of Special Olympics.
Families committed to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for themselves and their athletes, volunteering their time, investing and leading evidence-based Young Athlete programs in their communities, and promoting activities to advance the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities where they live.
And they are also having fun. The family rally was filled with Greek music and dancing, as well as plenty of delicious Greek food. Joanna Despotopoulou, Chairman of the Games Organizing Committee thanked family leaders for their efforts to promote the health of our athletes and to build communities that are inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities around the world.