A group of 30 Macau Special Olympics (MSO) athletes participated in a unique health and wellness event at The Parisian Macao’s Eiffel Tower, accompanied by Sands China Care Ambassadors and global sports icon David Beckham.
The group made the 30-story climb up the stairs from the seventh-floor observation deck to the top of the tower, where they enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of the Cotai Strip on the 37th-floor observation deck. Beckham accompanied the participants on their climb up the tower before presenting the athletes with certificates for their participation.
“One of the reasons I love the Special Olympics is the spirit shown by these athletes,” Beckham said. “Their motto ‘Let me win, But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt’ – I absolutely love that philosophy, and these MSO members have taken that to heart in a really inspiring way. It’s an absolute pleasure being here today and meeting all of the participants.”
Winnie Wong, vice president of corporate communications and community affairs for Venetian Macau Limited, said, “Events like these are an important way to support cherished members of the Macao community like the athletes of Macau Special Olympics. We’re very pleased that Mr. Beckham was able to be here to offer his support and encouragement to the MSO athletes, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with this valuable organization to strengthen the bonds of acceptance and understanding between all members of society.”
The community activity was held ahead of the property’s Light the Night Run charity vertical race to support MSO, a family fun day incorporating sport, wellness activities, music, food and drink, and is highlighted by a full run around The Venetian® Macao and The Parisian Macao, and a Tower Fun Run up the Eiffel Tower.
All registration fees are being donated to MSO, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities. Money raised will cover MSO’s bowling training program for 2018. Sands China will also donate more than $18,000 (MOP 150,000) to MSO.
Sands China’s community work is part of Sands Cares, Las Vegas Sands’ global corporate citizenship program. The two events are a way to give back to the Macao community by providing opportunities for locals to interact with talented and accomplished individuals, offering them inspirational and educational experiences.