11th May 2017
London, UK and Stamford, Conn., May XX, 2017 - Special Olympics Great Britain athletes from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire area will welcome WWE Superstars™ Charlotte Flair™ with Jason Jordan™ and Chad Gable™ of WWE Tag Team™ American Alpha™, as honorary coaches for a special basketball match featuring the basketball athletes on Thursday, May 11 from 10am at All Saints Basketball Centre in Sheffield (S2 2RU).
Special Olympics GB is thrilled to be joined by the WWE Superstars at the event to promote the spirit of Play Unified and the Special Olympics GB’s forthcoming National Games to be held in the steel city from Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 12.
Special Olympics GB provides year-round sports coaching and events for people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics GB’s National Games is the largest sports disability event in 2017 and will see 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities compete across over a dozen venues in 20 sports in August in Sheffield.
Play Unified is a Special Olympics global movement designed to break down barriers for young people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.
This special event with WWE Superstars Charlotte Flair, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable is helping to raise the profile on the first anniversary of Play Unified in the United Kingdom, a new Special Olympics GB campaign and the biggest National Games in history for people with learning disability.
“It’s fantastic to see the WWE Superstars promoting our National Games in Sheffield but also the principle of Play Unified - a global Special Olympics campaign aimed at breaking down the barriers and misconceptions towards people with intellectual disabilities,” said Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB. “People with intellectual disabilities rightly say they want to be included as equals in society. These types of events give our athletes the chance to shine and show the world their abilities.”
“WWE is proud to support Special Olympics GB’s athletes and help spread the message of acceptance and inclusion,” said WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair. “The commitment, hard work, and passion of Special Olympics athletes to their respective sports truly serves as an inspiration to all WWE Superstars. It is an honor to be given the opportunity to join these incredible athletes in competition.”
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