POSTED: Tuesday November 13th 2012

People with Disabilities Help Each Other at the 2013 Games

250 volunteers including a person with disability will be welcomed at Ceremony on 15th

Seoul, South Korea, November 13, 2012 - 51-year-old Kim Kyung Un who has been the most avid volunteer awarded from the social volunteer award hosted by MBC is stirring buzz again as he will be volunteering for the Special Olympics World Winter Games PyengChang 2013.
Kim himself is a person with disability who holds level six disability status due to brain lesions from unexpected accidents in 1988 where 1/3 of his brain function was damaged.
Kim has been selected as the finalist for the volunteer of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2013, a global festival for the people with intellectual disabilities to be held in PyeongChang.
Kim owns a long, proud history of volunteer activities. Kim has participated as a volunteer during the 1986 Asian Games, the World Koreans Festival, 2002 World Cup, International Abilympics Seoul 2011, Seoul International Library/museum festival, and many other events. Recently Kim has been volunteering for elders at Gwangjin Senior Welfare Center located in Seoul, and he is also a Korean culture and history guide every Sunday at Cheonggye Stream Culture Center.
Due to his numerous volunteer works, Kim has been selected as the recipient for the social volunteer award hosted by MBC in 2010, which is the award that Kim is most proud of.
“I am always grateful for the society and the world.” Humble attitude is a live virtue embedded in his everyday life.
The Games Organizing Committee recently announced total number of 1,800 volunteer list including Kim and a Welcome Ceremony is to be held at the National Library of Korea on 15th where Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik, and Wonder Girls, Good Will Ambassador of the 2013 Games will join.
300 people including 250 volunteers will attend the welcome ceremony and dandelion Family Choir composed of women with intellectual disabilities from Down Welfare Center and Wonder girls will perform during the pre and post ceremony. Prime Minsiter Kim will also attend the ceremony to encourage and celebrate volunteers. 

2,700 volunteers of the 2013 Games will be participating in 25 types of work in 12 categories such as interpretation, games operation, and games support during the Games period.
The Games Organizing Committee admitted 2,700 volunteers of the 10,000 applicants who applied: amounting to an acceptance rate of 20% approximately.
There are other volunteers except Kim who has a special story. Jeon Byung Joon, Professor at Chung-Ang University will be volunteering for interpretation with his high-school age son. Lim Dong Jin, student at Kyungpook National University who holds level three intellectual disability status, and Kim go Eun, an English teacher in Gangneung who originally from PyeongChang, suffered loss of home from flood damage will also join as volunteers.
Among 100 of volunteers with intellectual disabilities participating in 2013 Games, 17 of them will attend the welcome ceremony and Park Gi Wook, and Song In Woo will be reading out the announcements as representatives.
The Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013, an international sports event where people with intellectual disabilities from all around the world participate, will take place from January 29th 2013 until February 5th, at PyeongChang, and Gangneung in Gangwon Province.
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About the Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013
The 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held from January 29th to February 5th, 2013 at PyeongChang, Korea, the hub of winter sports. It will be the largest Special Olympics World Winter Games featuring 7 categories of sports including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snow boarding, snow shoeing, speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey, and demo sport floorball. The Games will demonstrate unity of overcoming the differences of region, borders, political belief, age, race and religion.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now take place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world, from community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard to World Games. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics;;, and

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Name: Mingwah Park
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