Thank you from our CEO

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I want to thank you for being a part of the Special Olympics Oregon family.
This year has challenged us, there’s no question about it. These are tough times for all of us.
And they are extra tough for Special Olympics athletes — who just want to put their arms around each other and try to have some fun. But right now they can’t. Even the toughest athletes are facing anxiety, isolation, and stress.
But to every athlete who has continued to demonstrate perseverance and exemplify strength, hopefulness and inclusion: Thank you for continuing to inspire us every day, even through the darkest of times.
To the parents and care givers who have supported at-home workouts and continue to be the biggest champions of athletes: Thank you.
To the coaches and volunteers who continue to stand with us and find new and engaging ways to connect with our athletes when we can’t be together in person: Thank you.
To the many generous supporters who have stepped up to help us through these trying financial times, even through their own hardships: Thank you.
To the students in our Unified Champions Schools who promote respect and create inclusive school environments for all: Thank you.
Together we’re changing the world. No matter what comes our way this next year, I know that we will get through it together and come back stronger than ever. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together next.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season,
Britt Oase
CEO, Special Olympics Oregon