Walt Disney World Resort hosts Special Olympics Florida at Invictus Games Orlando 2016 opening ceremony

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 13, 2016 – Empowered, courageous and inspirational are just a few words that not only describe the competitors who participated in the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, but also the astounding athletes of Special Olympics Florida.

Walt Disney World Resort hosted 90 members and chaperones of Special Olympics Florida for a memorable evening at the Games’ opening ceremony.

Accompanied by the 2015-2016 Walt Disney World Ambassadors, Caitlin Busscher and Nathaniel Palma, they joined the crowds at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, including Britain’s Prince Harry, founder of the event, and First Lady Michelle Obama who welcomed and cheered on 500 competitors and their families from 14 nations.

Belinda Wilson, Walt Disney World Community Relations manager, was instrumental in helping to invite area members of the nonprofit to the ceremony.

“We wanted to take Special Olympics Florida to the Games because they empower children and families through sports,” said Wilson. “Since the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 focuses on individuals who have disabilities yet still shine in sports, this was a great opportunity to inspire other athletes.”

With an emphasis on helping members participate as productive and respected members of society, Special Olympics strives to provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with disabilities.