Palmer’s Blog: Lions and Special Olympics

Lions and Special Olympics

As part of the 2013 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Games in Newcastle, Australia, Special Olympics Asia Pacific held a regional Health Symposium, which brought together health and development experts from Australia and the region. The goal of the Symposium was to highlight the significant health disparities experienced by children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and to emphasize the urgent need for increased action and support to ensure the quality health and well-being of this most marginalized population.

I had the honor of speaking at this event — discussing the history of the LCIF/Special Olympics partnership, during which Lions have provided vision screenings for more than 350,000 athletes in over 70 nations. With the help from global partners, Lions have also provided prescription eyeglasses to more than 110,000 athletes.

In July, LCIF pledged $7.8 million to Special Olympics to strengthen our partnership, creating more leadership opportunities for athletes, increasing health opportunities and reaching more young people through inclusive sports and advocacy programs.

I had so much fun at the games! Above is a photo of part of the opening ceremonies. I’m looking forward to a long-lasting partnership that helps serve these talented athletes.

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