Lions Clubs International-Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program Celebrates 10 Years

During September, we’re celebrating 10 years of global partnership with the Special Olympics. The Lions Clubs International-Special Olympics Opening Eyes program, an ambitious initiative funded by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), began in 2001.

This week, the 2010 Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Regional Games are taking place in Warsaw, Poland. LCIF Chairperson Eberhard J. Wirfs and his wife Margit joined Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, at the event.

LCIF Chairperson Eberhard J. Wirfs and Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics with Special Olympics athletes.

Eberhard J. Wirfs and Dr. Timothy Shriver at Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Regional Games.

Wirfs and Shriver took part in a special ceremony and press conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Opening Eyes program. To date LCIF has awarded US$11 million in grant funding for the partnership.

LCIF Chairperson Eberhard J. Wirfs and Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics at Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Regional Games in Warsaw, Poland.

Eberhard J. Wirfs and Dr. Timothy Shriver at Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Regional Games.

Lions club members also reached a major milestone during this event – screening the 200,000th Special Olympics athlete as part of the Opening Eyes program.

View more photos from this week’s event on Flickr.

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