Countdown Begins to Special Olympics World Games
The torch is on its way to Los Angeles, where some 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will compete and demonstrate their courage, determination and sportsmanship. In celebrating their feats, I hope Americans will reflect upon society’s views of men and women with intellectual disabilities and work toward deeper acceptance. The flame — currently making its way across the Midwest — burns bright inside each competitor, and I applaud the pope’s encouragement for athletes to enjoy the games in a “joyful, passionate, serene manner” while having fun. Amen!