Lead Director of the Special Olympics Seeks to Focus on Character Qualities of Its Global Athletes

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The Special Olympics began in 1968 and has since amassed more than 6,000,000 athletes around the world. Today, there are programs in over 170 nations with numerous sporting events occurring globally. In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Lead Director of the Special Olympics International Board, Professor William P. Alford, says he’d personally like to see a few innovations by the organization in the future. “I would hope that we can expand our efforts to show the world the courage, the ingenuity, the determination, the humor, the comradeship, the musical gifts, and much more that our athletes manifest,” he tells CMRubinWorld, “that demonstrate what our athletes can do rather than what they can’t do.” Professor Alford also noted that he would like the organization to be even more inclusive by sharing its program with disadvantaged communities and expanding its work in developing nations.

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Professor William P. Alford is Lead Director and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International. He helped found the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, or HPOD. Billy Seide (also interviewed by C.M.Rubin in this article) is an athlete of the Special Olympics who advocates for the games. He is a member of “The Athletes Congress,” where he meets with other individuals across New York State to become better leaders within their community.

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers.

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