The Special Olympics: Grateful for the Chance to Help
With a three-year commitment, Engel & Völkers became the first cause marketing sponsor for Special Olympics’ new #PlayUnified campaign. In the midst of this groundbreaking initiative, we can say now how glad we are that we decided to become part of it. Promoting the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by organizing teams of people both with and without those disabilities, the PlayUnified campaign works against intolerance side by side.
Thankfully, joy is contagious, and that’s what we get from pitching in with Special Olympics. In the faces of these athletes we see a lesson for ourselves in the gladness of moving, competing, and coming together. Our clients in the dynamic Atlanta real estate market often seem to share these values of finding a way to give back, and this is our version of the impulse we see so often in them.
The Chance to Take Part
It’s unforgettable when you see what it means to the athletes who participate. To somehow be a part of putting these experiences within their reach is more than we imagined when we began. And for their teammates without disabilities, the experience of playing together as a team leaves irreplaceable lessons. Tolerance turns out to be a lesson in taking steps we hadn’t considered before, and finding the ground there firm and supportive.
The Impulse to Excel
So, the PlayUnified athletes with disabilities are by no means the only ones growing and profiting from then experience. These athletes teach us how deep it is in our nature to strive, to take action beyond what we might have thought possible just yesterday. As on any team, we start as workers toward a common goal and find we’re friends with more in common than we ever imagined.
The Experience of Coming Back Again and Again
Persistence is one of the lessons that are taught in both directions through our connection with Special Olympics. More than technique. More than conditioning. Coming back to the work again and again builds acuity, power, and grace. We brought this from our “day jobs” as Atlanta’s leading real estate professionals, and in Special Olympics we see the wisdom of persistence played back to us in ways that are vivid, decisive and memorable.
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