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In helping me and I hear America's News HQ we -- highlighting those who -- giving their time and helping others this holiday.
This Sunday we -- focusing -- -- the Special Olympics helps kids with intellectual disabilities.
There are chapters all over American joining us now.
Is vice president of the Virginia Special Olympics -- Seidman and Special Olympics actually John Franklin -- the global messenger who advocates for millions of people with disabilities throughout the world.
Don't think -- so much for coming in today it's always nice to spend time with you don't thank you friends.
-- -- wanna start with you get a little bit of the overall view of the nation at three under 65 days.
You're you know Special Olympics.
-- organization that provides sports training competition for children adult and intellectual disabilities we have absolutely nothing to do with sports.
We're about experiences.
Sports is just a vehicle.
To bring the general public and our athletes together.
So that you can learn that we have a whole lot more in common than we do that differentiates us.
And frank you do a lot of things you're busy we talked during the commercial -- you compete in basketball but she's speaking in public as well you.
Does well tell us about what Special Olympics means to -- -- -- -- -- It means a lot to me I'm.
Has been a part of my life -- I -- -- eight years old.
And I've done a lot of sports.
Yeah he's right now basketball's -- and I think you're doing.
But they're on the they're all kinds of things and look I think we have -- -- you very hard about going -- form and there you are speaking as well.
On -- what about this organization makes you wanna go -- and kind of share about it and how about it what do you want people to now.
When I know.
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Yeah -- T want people to understand about Special Olympics what it's meant to you are or what it means other people I want them to understand that.
That there's a place for people think and feel.
-- there's a comedian that they can be accepted by.
Competing can give people confidence.
There is a platform.
So that people can.
Sure a message.
And you are very busy doing that we now going and speaking -- representing this organization.
Roy and part of what we're doing and highlighting all these different groups is that we want to let people know how they can get involved so what are ways that our viewers average folks out there can get involved in helping your -- Whereas you know.
What we really want people to do I -- we're experiential organization we want people to come out and have an experience.
In Virginia for example on January 10 through twelfth we do an event called the experience for high functioning tennis players and at the boards -- Charles -- we do an event here in Fairfax County.
Called -- quest where we bring together too high schools.
And fill the gym and have a Special Olympics basketball game and then others -- -- these kind of activities that go on across the country.
Go to any of the special Olympic web sites and go -- visit.
If you want to support us financially obviously everybody needs financial support to make it happen.
We're sending four athletes to little special -- world winter games in South Korea in January.
It costs about 30000 dollars to send those four athletes so.
We are always looking you can go to our web site.
And click donate now and that fund those funds will help us send athletes there will help athletes like frank continue to spread a message of tolerance and acceptance and inclusion throughout Virginia and throughout the entire country for us and everyone else.
-- our team here America's News HQ had a chance to do some -- you saw the video there that we were able to see you and happy to raise money.
To turn it supports Special Olympics of Virginia and they're just so many ways that keep looking amount I'm looking very -- love and -- provide.
But but it was small thing that we can do we know many others will make sure they have the information they know how they can help as well frank and Roy thank you both so much for coming and we wish you all the best and happy -- -- Happy holidays to you thank you very much.
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