Greece, 04 July 2011 – Through aid from QPlus and RYTHM Foundation (RF), the torch of human spirit was kept ablaze as athletes from the Special Olympics Philippines went for gold at the 13th World Summer Games.
The Games were held in Athens, Greece from 25 June to 4 July 2011, and saw the participation of 60 athletes from the Philippines team in 11 different sporting events. The Philippine badminton team comprising Andrew Dominic Lim, Benraffi Omar, Ma Angelica Manzanares and Anna Luisa Se bagged an impressive number of medals: Silver and Bronze in Mixed Doubles; Bronze in Women’s Doubles; 4th Place and Bronze in both Women’s Singles and Men’s Singles; and 4th Place in Men’s Doubles.
The donation by QPlus through RF was in line with one of RF’s pillars – Sports and Culture to support sporting heroes with special needs.
The Special Olympics International is a worldwide organisation that offers free sports training and competitions year-round for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
This year’s games brought together 7,500 athletes, 2,500 coaches, 25,000 volunteers, 3,000 technical delegates and tens of thousands of spectators from 185 countries across the world in the birthplace of the modern Olympics, making it the largest sporting event of 2011.
The 13th World Summer Games was a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities. Furthermore, it paved a clear path for progress towards a new global vision of acceptance. QPlus and RF are proud to be part of such a cause. Congratulations, Special Olympics Philippines!