Special Olympics, Wisconsin sports organizations announce initiative celebrating inclusion

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WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- Special Olympics Wisconsin and the four major professional sports teams in the state stopped by Fiserv Forum Wednesday, April 6 to announce a new initiative called OUR TEAM.

The goal is to bring awareness to Special Olympic athletes and their potential through joint events during the year.

Packers guard Elgton Jenkins was in attendance. He said Special Olympic athlete Cindy Bentley's story of overcoming fetal alcohol syndrome and intellectual disabilities inspired him. He's happy to be a part of the teams trying to make a difference.

“Throughout my sports journey, from growing up in Mississippi to being drafted by the Packers, I’ve been fortunate to have the support of many teammates, mentors and coaches along the way,” said Jenkins. “Being involved in sports can teach you so much about life and being part of a team offers so many valuable lessons that can be applied off the field, too. OUR TEAM will bring visibility to the principles of inclusion, diversity and equity on and off the playing field in Wisconsin. I am happy to help share the mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin.”

For more information about the positive impact Special Olympics Wisconsin programming continues to make for people with intellectual disabilities, visit SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org.


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