06.24.11World Special Olympics Athens Greece 2011

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An evening filled with a Spectacular display of courage, determination, joy and inspiring messages from the stars of the event, the athletes. The scene set in the Kalimarmaron stadium unravelled the story of Odysseus in a magical interpretation to represent the voyage that we all take in discovering our strengths and learning from our weaknesses. Vanessa Williams, Maria Menounos and Stevie Wonder contributed their presence to this International event and delighted people with their warmth and welcoming hearts. As the athletes and their countries were announced and they made their way along the stage, they danced, waved and proudly waved flags, held symbols from their countries and absolutely won the crowd over with their winning smiles and sheer joy. It was contagious and as I watched parents yell, blow horns, flash their lights on hats and glasses, I was particularly moved by a mother from Costa Rica who had tears streaming down her face as she shouted out her love and pride to her 14 year old son…there was no way that I could stand there and not be moved to tears watching this mother. Later she found me, hugged me and told me that when she saw her son he cried from joy too and then showed me the photo of her son hugging her tight… so I hugged her tight back too and she can never know how in that moment I was present to hugging my 14 year old son and thinking how proud I am of him…

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