SHANGHAI, China, Oct. 5 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- In a star-studded event at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Special Olympics honored twelve extraordinary individuals and the city of Shanghai for the "special" contributions they have made and continue to make to promote and raise awareness of the understanding and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities, and the Special Olympics movement around the world. Guests included Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Timothy Shriver, Maria Shriver, Quincy Jones, Colin Farrell, Bianca Jagger, Donna deVerona and Special Olympics International Global Messengers with performances by Vanessa L. Williams, Lang Lang, Sun Rue and Yang Chen.
"All of the 'Special Spirit in China Award of Excellence' honorees have been longtime fans of the Special Olympics movement. They've dedicated their lives to enhance our efforts and educate the world about the accomplishments of individuals with intellectual disabilities," said Special Olympics International Chairman Timothy Shriver.
Special Spirit in China Awards of Excellence were presented to:
-- Nelson Mandela for his "special lifetime global leadership in
promoting human dignity"
-- Deng Pufang for his "special leadership in promoting understanding
and acceptance through sport"
-- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for "his special
leadership in raising the profile and awareness for Special Olympics
-- Vanessa Williams for her "special artistry and commitment in the
support of Special Olympics worldwide"
-- Nadia Comanici and Yao Ming for their "special international
contributions to the glory of sport"
-- Special Olympics athlete Stacey Johnston for her "special
inspiration and leadership among athletes o
|SOURCE Special Olympics|
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