Representatives of Special Olympics Indiana and programs from across the nation took part this week in the organization’s 15th annual Capitol Hill Day.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Special Olympics athletes, Program leaders, Unified Partners, and family members from 39 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill on Feb. 15 for Special Olympics’ 15th annual “Capitol Hill Day.”
The delegates—among them Special Olympics Indiana CEO Mike Furnish and Cass County athlete Kevin Callaghan—held more than 250 face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress in both the House and Senate, challenging and inviting their elected officials to partner with them to achieve the goals of expanding Special Olympics Unified Sports and Unified Champion School programming throughout the U.S., and to end health care disparities and discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities.
“No one can better articulate a vision for how America can become a more inclusive nation or demonstrate what it means to unite and come together than the athletes and Unified Partners of Special Olympics” said Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver. “We support the preservation of laws that guarantee the rights and full participation and integration of people with intellectual disabilities into our society.”