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If you like this as much as us, please like and share! Special Olympics GB is thrilled to see its National Games flag flying over Sheffield United’s Stadium less than 11 months until this showpiece event – held once every four years - for 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities from across England, Scotland and Wales.
It will be the largest disability sports event of 2017 with no fewer than 20 different sports. The Bramall Lane Stadium will host the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 8th August 2017.
Dave McCarthy, Operations Director at Sheffield United, said: “We are thrilled Special Olympics GB's National Games are coming to Sheffield in less than a year in August 2017. We are honoured to be hosting the Opening Ceremony at Bramall Lane and can’t wait to provide this platform to show the ability of athletes with learning disability. We are proud to fly the Special Olympics flag for them.”
Please share this great news...that Jim Carter is to serve as new charity Ambassador for Special Olympics GB.
Special Olympics Great Britain is delighted to announce that Jim Carter is to be a new ambassador for the charity which provides year-round sport for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.
Jim is a leading British actor best known for his role as Mr Carson in the multi award-winning television hit series, Downton Abbey.
Jim commented: "I first became involved with Special Olympics GB through Downton Abbey’s support fundraising for the charity.
“Having met some of the young people who had benefitted from Special Olympics’ work; having listened to their inspiring stories and seen their enthusiasm at first hand, I was honoured to accept the invitation to become an Ambassador.
“I'm looking forward to helping to promote the National Summer Games in Sheffield next year where 2,600 athletes with an intellectual disability will show their abilities and talents.
“I hope that huge numbers will turn out to support these dedicated young people."
Special Olympics’ activities in Great Britain are proven to positively change the quality of lives of their 8,000 registered athletes. Almost 1.5 million people in Great Britain (2% of the population) have intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics GB’s CEO, Karen Wallin, commented: “We are thrilled that Jim has chosen to support us.
“Jim has supported our fund raising events previously and we are delighted to have him on board as an Ambassador of Special Olympics GB.
“Jim has an incredible grasp on the power of sport to create powerful change for vulnerable people within our communities.
“Our athletes will now have Jim’s energy to promote Special Olympics’ year-round training and competition, which is fantastic.”
9th September 2016
For further details contact:
Chris Hull at Special Olympics GB
Mobile: +44 (0) 7713 193927