The following comes from a July 15 story on the website of the Catholic News Agency.
The Knights of Columbus have pledged $1.4 million for next year’s Special Olympics World Games, helping to cover participating athletes’ expenses for the Los Angeles event.
“Our support exemplifies our commitment to the dignity of every person, our dedication to assisting with our neighbors’ needs whatever they may be, and our deep appreciation for the great work done by Special Olympics,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in Los Angeles July 14.
The Special Olympics World Games will bring together over 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 171 countries. It will feature 21 Olympic-type sports.
The pledged funds will support food, transportation and entertainment costs for every athlete from the U.S. and Canada. Anderson has asked Knights of Columbus leaders in each U.S. state and Canadian province to help increase volunteer activity on behalf of the Special Olympics.
The pledge announcement came at a news conference at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Other speakers included Special Olympics CEO and president Patrick McClenahan and Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez.
Archbishop Gomez said that Los Angeles Catholics are “happy and proud” to welcome the event….
Anderson said that the Knights of Columbus have been involved with the Special Olympics “from the very beginning.” The games were founded in the late 1960s by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a sister of President John F. Kennedy….
To read the original story, click here.