Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and Special Olympics Nigeria have restated their mutual commitment to work with all stakeholders to advance an inclusive society that promotes equal opportunities for every Nigerian, regardless of any form of disability, to reach for their dreams.
Both organizations stated this in Lagos recently during a welcome reception for the Nigerian Contingent to the Special Olympics 2015 World Summer Games, which held between Saturday, July 25 and Monday, August 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, United States of America.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director,
According to Adetunji, as a founding partner of the Special Olympics since 1968,
He said, “As we celebrate these gallant athletes, let us remember that, they are heroes today only because they had the opportunity provided by Special Olympics. Let us also remember that for each one of these heroes, there are more than a thousand others whose talents and potentials may never be realized and celebrated, just because they have no opportunity. But we, as individuals, as companies, as a society and as a country, must not allow this to be the case.”
Commending two of
Chairman, Special Olympics Nigeria Board of Directors, Victor Gbolade Osibodu also expressed his gratitude to
On their part, parents and siblings of some of the special athletes shared stories of the transformational impact of the training and support provided by Special Olympics Nigeria in the lives of their intellectually disabilities family members.
Mrs Esther Jegede, mother of Samuel Jegede who won two medals at the games said, “I am moved beyond words, I cannot thank enough all those who made this possible. Today I am a proud parent of a child who was said would amount to nothing. I am grateful to the Special Olympics Nigeria and
The 42 Nigerian contingents to the Special Olympics World Games participated in seven sporting activities, including Table Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Aquatics, Basketball, Cycling, and Unified Soccer, grabbing a whopping 71 medals made up of 36 Gold, 26 Silver and 9 Bronze medals.
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