For 50 years, Special Olympics has been building a movement to break down barriers – both on and off the field in health and education – all through the power of sport. Through the power of their athletes and sports, Special Olympics is ushering in a new world of unity, tolerance, and respect. Just like the Special Olympics New Jersey Regional Day School, JFK, West Side, American History High School, University High School, and North Star who unfortunately could not be here today are unifying Newark. Today marks the day that we unite people of different backgrounds from different schools to inspire action and ultimately end discrimination for people with Intellectual Disabilities. We are the ambassadors of an uprising-peaceful protest in a rebellion against anyone who has a fear of difference.
Our demands are equality, dignity and the recognition of our shared humanity. People of all ages, races, genders, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities continue to face discrimination, ignorance, and disparagement. It is our responsibility to be the leaders that are needed in our community and educate others to take a stance in creating a world of inclusion. We are fighting for a more inclusive world. The Revolution Is Inclusion. I want to take a moment and thank Susan, Kathy and the Special Olympics. Without them our event would not be as big as it is. Also, to Mrs. Mitchell my principal of New Jersey Regional Day School for giving Mr. Garrett and I the freedom and having the confidence in us to create this event. I also want to give a shout out to everyone from NJPAC especially Tom for building confidence in our students’ self-esteem through dance. Shout out to the Montclair Rugby team for taking the time to come and show us what Rugby is all about!
Thank you, Mr. Ellis for allowing us to have our event at your field! Finally, a big thank you and shout out to all of our community partners for working with us to make this amazing event happen. Inclusion is about our ‘abilities’ – our gifts and how to share them. It is our expectation that every community partner teams up with a student from New Jersey Regional Day School to collaborate, help, and learn more about each other’s positive qualities and gifts that you all have to share because remember this event is about inclusion!
Now let’s see what your all about on the field! Let’s have some fun!