CONGRATULATIONS ERICA!!!On Friday, February 3rd, 2016, I attend the Motionball gala with my friend and Special Olympic athlete Erica who was an assistant for 2016 Camp Diversability.
This event is held, once a year and about 25, or so, of all the Special Olympic athletes are specially selected to attend as VIP’s.
There are 5 different districts and Erica is part of the Greater Toronto District.
The Motionball Gala is a fundraiser which creates awareness that everyone should be included no matter what. Special Olympics is pretty amazing because these special athletes get opportunities to be involved in any sport they choose. These opportunities offer the athletes support from family, friends, spectators and community. They also receive a major boost in confidence.
Most of the athletes I spoke to had medals around their neck from many different sports. I can’t imagine what the parents have to go through to get them to all the practices!!! Kudos to them!
Erica has been a special olympic athlete for 3 years and is part of a swim team. She practices once a week, as well, she goes to swim meets a couple times a year. Her swimming specialties are breast stroke and back stroke.
She won a talent contest last month and was crowned the Motionball Idol Winner. This gave her the opportunity to sing a song at the Gala with the feature band called In Living Colour. She blew me away. She is not only a talented swimmer, she is a talented singer as well!! She was so natural on stage and really let her personality shine through her performance.
The event was phenomenal, with full sit-down dinner, several bands we could dance to, we got to meet the amazing special athletes, there were about 6-700 supporters at the event and we were treated like VIPs. This turned out to be a night we won’t ever forget.
The event was held at the Liberty Grand in the Exhibition grounds and was stunning! The entertainment was incredible.
The whole Camp Diversability team is so proud of you Erica!