Minister Jacobs takes part in Special Olympics parade

POSTED: 09/24/12 11:43 AM

Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister Silveria Jacobs joined on Saturday in an early morning parade with the Special Olympics Committee, the athletes, Sr. Basilia clients, members of the Mohican scouts, the Red Cross Youth Chapter, sponsors, and volunteers, as well many other supporters and friends of special people in the community. The parade went  from the Lekkerbek restaurant on the Pondfill to the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex in Cay Hill.

The event was organized to celebrate the Eunice Kennedy-Shriver Day which is celebrated in honor of the founder of the Special Olympics.

The minister, responsible for education, culture, youth and sports, took part in the opening ceremonies at the sports complex at the invitation of the St. Maarten Special Olympics Committee’s President Angela Richards-Huggins.

Minister Jacobs congratulated the committee for the diligence and hard work in recognizing, encouraging and supporting the country’s special athletes. She congratulated the athletes on the many medals they won at the International Special Olympic Games over the past years.

“We are as strong as our weakest link; so it is what we do to strengthen and build up the weakest among us that will determine how strong we are as a community,” the minister said. “There is much more that we can do as government to support people with special needs. The upgrading of our sports facilities is way overdue and is a priority of this government.”

The minister said that the community has a lot to learn from people with special needs, “including compassion, tolerance and humbleness.”

After a healthy breakfast, athletes and volunteers took part in several activities and games highlighting their abilities. The minister took part in the speed walk along with several special Olympians and volunteers.

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