Special Olympics visits ShopRite LPGA Classic

Representatives from the Special Olympics and ShopRite were onsite at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on Thursday to make an announcement on the grocery store chain’s sponsorship of the Special Olympics USA Games in 2014 which will be held throughout the state of New Jersey. Also on hand were six Special Olympics athletes and three-time LPGA Tour winner I.K. Kim, who was announced as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador for Golf last year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

ShopRite made a $1 million donation in support of the USA Games in 2014 which will host over 3,500 athletes from across the country. They will compete in 16 different sports including golf. In advance of the Games, Seaview will also play host to the 2013 Golf Invitational in October.

I.K. Kim shared insight on her experiences as an ambassador to the organization over the past year and why she decided to get involved.

“So the Special Olympics can reveal the champion in each of us,” said Kim. “Whether competitor, volunteer or family members or fans, Special Olympics is building community through the language of sports, and all of us can be a part of this movement.  So I wish everyone can join us and supporting these great athletes and get inspired.”

Kim donated half of her winning check from the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational, more than $100,000, at last year’s ShopRite LPGA Classic when she was announced as a Global Ambassador.

“But for me I'm learning more from the Special Olympics athletes that have the passion and the joy from playing golf or playing different sports and they were accepted as athletes, not as disabilities,” said Kim.  “So I think for me I think it's one of the best things that I've achieved over the years playing golf.  If I wasn't playing on the LPGA Tour, I wouldn't ever have opportunity to be involved in this great movement.  So I feel just grateful for that.”

Topics: Kim, I K, ShopRite LPGA Classic

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