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Oakland Welcomes Special Olympics Torch – Kaiser Permanente

Oakland Welcomes Special Olympics Torch – Kaiser Permanente


(Runners chant: Up the hill) Today we’re celebrating
the arrival of the Flame of Hope, The official torch for the
Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. (Crowd cheers) This is a compassionate,
warm, loving city. We’re really happy to cheer on
these incredible athletes from the Special Olympics. (Crowd cheers) (Music plays) (Crowd cheers) This is the international team
of law enforcement runners and Special Olympic athletes
that have been traveling the world and they’ve
stopped here in Oakland. (Crowd cheers and applauds) I’m so excited to be here on
behalf of Kaiser to celebrate and acknowledge
with all of you what is really a triumph of human spirit. And that is of hope and
diversity and a sheer, sheer determination. So today we’re here joining the
Oakland Police Department to really celebrate the 7,000
athletes that will be participating in next
week’s games. And along with those
7,000 athletes, we have 800 Kaiser Permanente
physicians and staff who will be caring for the
athletes next week. (applause) Two years ago, I participated
in the National Games in Princeton, New Jersey, and I became a national
champion in running long jump. (applause) The reason that I enjoy
Special Olympics is not only has it made me a
stronger person, it has made me a better person. I want to give a round of
applause again to our athletes, our law enforcement partners.
(applause), A huge hand to Kaiser who,
like I said, absolutely makes everything
possible for us-
(applause), and the City of Oakland.
(applause) I’d like to end with our Special
Olympics athlete’s oath. Let me win, but if I cannot win,
let me be brave in the attempt. Thank you for all support. (applause)

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