During the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai I was amazed by the amount of coverage the event was getting – in countries like New Zealand and Jamaica. The U.S. press didn’t seem to pay a great deal of attention to the event. This morning I happened upon one of the nicest commentaries about what sport can do for society written as part of Nicholas Kristof’s blog at the New York Times – a really lovely piece written by a law professor and China expert who is closely involved with the Special Olympics and saw how this event influenced China, especially regarding the country’s attitudes towards people with disabilities. If you didn’t see it earlier this month when it was originally published, it’s a treat to read. Enjoy.
Special Olympics in China (New York Times – Nicholas Kristof’s blog with guest commentary by Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and William Alford at Harvard Law School)