Maria Menounos Named Global Ambassador for Special Olympics

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It has been announced that E!’s own Maria Menounos will be the newest Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics!

According to PR Newswire, Maria will lead a celebrity engagement campaign for the upcoming Special Olympics World Games, promoting acceptance, inclusion and respect for people with intellectual disabilities. She will also serve as a co-captain on the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America that will kick off on May 26th.

“I am honored and proud to raise awareness for Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador and I am thrilled to join the movement at such an exciting time,” Maria said. “Fitness and sports are a vital part of my life and I find inspiration in the determination and spirit of the athletes of Special Olympics and I want the world to know that people with intellectual disabilities need to be included and respected in our society.”

“We are excited to welcome Maria Menounos to our Special Olympics family,” said Peter Wheeler, Chief of Strategic Properties, Special Olympics. “Maria’s enthusiasm, spirit and tenacity are a perfect fit with our movement and for paving a way for acceptance and inclusion of our athletes throughout the world.”

For the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, Maria will lead over 20,000 participants to carry the torch and help deliver the Flame of Hope to the Special Olympics World Games. The relay will last for 46 days from May 26 to July 10, and will be the first known torch relay to cross all 50 states! Everyone will run, walk or bike over 10,000 segments of the relay.

This is actually Maria’s second time joining the Special Olympics. She was a part of the Opening Ceremony for the 2011 games in Athens, Greece, as well as thought leader with the speaker series during the event.

Congratulations to her, and wishing her all the best in this role for the summer!

Image via PR Newswire

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