Jered Weaver Named Special Olympics Ambassador
LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 24, 2010 -- Jered Weaver has been named a Sports Ambassador for Special Olympics Southern California. The 27-year-old Angels pitcher has been a supporter of Special Olympics since his days competing at California State University, Long Beach.
The mission of Special Olympics is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport and competition. As a Sports Ambassador, Weaver will participate in Special Olympics events, including the annual Summer Games and a softball clinic; be featured in Special Olympics PSAs; and provide autographed items for silent auctions.
A Southern California native, Weaver is always ready to give back to the community.
“Everyone should have an opportunity to play sports, and Special Olympics offers that to a group of people who are often excluded from sports activities,” said Weaver. “I’m happy that I can help to spread the word about a great organization like Special Olympics Southern California and how sports can change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.”
Special Olympics is equally excited to have the support of Weaver. Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California, who was athletic director at Long Beach State when Weaver attended, said, “Jered Weaver is one of the outstanding young pitchers in all of baseball. To have him show his support means the world to our 13,000 athletes who are also some of his biggest fans.”
About Special Olympics Southern California: Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years. Special Olympics offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community. For more information about how to compete, volunteer, coach or donate to Special Olympics Southern California, visit www.sosc.org.
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