special olympics - equestrian
Alex Hubbard, martha johnson, and olympian stacey johnson

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Aired August 3, 2018

This year, Special Olympics is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968 and continues to provide year-round training and competitive events to five million athletes in 172 countries. Competitions are held every day, all around the world, including local, national, and regional competitions, adding up to more than 100,000 events each year. The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games are scheduled March 14-21, 2019, and will take place in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates -- the first time the Special Olympics have been hosted in the Middle East.

Helping to quantify what Special Olympics means to athletes, their families, and volunteers all over the world are my guests: Area 10 Program Director, Alex Hubbard; Stacey Johnson, a Special Olympics gold and bronze medalist, as well as the President of the Athlete Leadership Program, a member of the Special Olympics Torch Run Officers, and a Global Messenger; and Martha Johnson, Stacey’s mom, who is also the Director of Finance at Equest Therapeutic Riding Center in Dallas, Texas.