Special Olympics is spreading it’s message of acceptance and courage right here at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY. Members of the Student Volunteers Club for Special Olympics are advertising a concert whose proceeds will go to the local Special Olympics of Ithaca, NY.
In partnership with the pledge of r-word.org: “Spread The Word To End The Word,” Ithaca College Student Volunteers are hosting FLAME the Band, a 10-member group from upstate New York with developmental and physical disabilities such as autism and blindness. Much like Special Olympic’s mission is to change the world through sports and athletic training, FLAME looks to inspire change through the power of music. “Spread The Word To End The Word” refers to ending the use of the word “retard(ed)” in everyday language. FLAME as well as the Student Volunteers signed this pledge and invite you to do the same.
The concert is Wednesday April 11th at 8PM in Emerson Suites. If you love music or are interested in spreading awareness and supporting a great cause, then you should definitely consider attending. Tickets are only $5. FLAME is a band that performs mostly covers of country and blues songs, and classics like “Pretty Woman,” “Margaritaville,” and “Georgia On My Mind.” FLAME will be performing in the coming months in Oneonta, Albany, and Scotia New York. Visit their website at www.flametheband.com to find out more about tour dates or sign up to join their ever-growing fan club!
All the money raised for this concert will go to Ithaca NY’s own Special Olympics bureau. In case you’re wondering, here’s a bit of background on the inspiring organization. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization of its kind with bases in more than one hundred seventy countries. North America has 544,581 athletes participating in the 30 various sports offered by the organization, which range from Alpine Skiing to Kayaking. Sponsors and donations make up the bulk of the budget the organization has to put on sporting events and competitions. It was founded in 1968 and it’s mission is to end the social stigma surrounding intellectual disabilities through the experience of playing all-inclusive sports.