Special Olympics Global Development Summit
On January 30, a group of world leaders – including Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Chairperson, Wing-Kun Tam – met in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, for the Special Olympics Global Development Summit on Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
There, the urgent needs of those with intellectual disabilities were discussed, including health disparities. During a panel discussion, LCIF Chairperson Tam spoke of Lions’ involvement with Special Olympics through volunteerism and LCIF’s partnership program with Special Olympics – Opening Eyes.
Through Opening Eyes, more than 300,000 athletes have received needed vision screenings in more than 70 nations. And, Special Olympics offers many more areas for Lions to further their commitment to service. Lions clubs members can participate in health programs, coaching opportunities, family advocacy programs, sporting event support, more.
The summit occurred at the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event, the Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013.