Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and Special Olympics Nigeria have restated their mutual commitment to work with all stakeholders to advance an inclusive society that promotes equal opportunities for every Nigerian, regardless of any form of disability, to reach for their dreams.
Both organizations stated this in Lagos recently during a welcome reception for the Nigerian Contingent to the Special Olympics 2015 World Summer Games, which held between Saturday, July 25 and Monday, August 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, United States of America.
Commending two of Coca-Cola’s employees, George Osadalor and Emmanuel Ekomabasi, who were volunteer members of the Special Olympics Nigeria Unified Soccer Team that won the football gold medal at the games, Adetunji said, “Our excitement at this particular victory is enriched by the fact that, these two Coca-Cola Ambassadors were a great inspiration to the victorious soccer team.”
Chairman, Special Olympics Nigeria Board of Directors, Victor Gbolade Osibodu also expressed his gratitude to Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, stating that the company’s adoption of the Unified Soccer games since 2013 and the general support for the Special Olympics Nigeria since it was inaugurated in 2005 have helped to improve the athletes’ performance.
On their part, parents and siblings of some of the special athletes shared stories of the transformational impact of the training and support provided by Special Olympics Nigeria in the lives of their intellectually disabilities family members.
Mrs Esther Jegede, mother of Samuel Jegede who won two medals at the games said, “I am moved beyond words, I cannot thank enough all those who made this possible. Today I am a proud parent of a child who was said would amount to nothing. I am grateful to the Special Olympics Nigeria and Coca-Cola for turning my sorrow to joy.”
The 42 Nigerian contingents to the Special Olympics World Games participated in seven sporting activities, including Table Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Aquatics, Basketball, Cycling, and Unified Soccer, grabbing a whopping 71 medals made up of 36 Gold, 26 Silver and 9 Bronze medals.