2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games
|Host city||Shanghai, China|
|Motto||I Know I Can (Chinese: 我知道我可以)|
|Opening ceremony||October 2|
|Closing ceremony||October 11|
|Officially opened by||Hu Jintao|
|Athlete's Oath||Yao Ming|
|Torch lighter||Liu Xiang|
|Main venue||Shanghai Stadium|
A select list of venues used during the games:
- Shanghai Pudong Swimming Arena
- Shanghai Stadium
- Shanghai Indoor Stadium
- Fudan University
- Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena
- Floor hockey
- Roller skating
- Table tennis
- Team handball
- Dragon boat
- Dragon Lion
Young Athletes™ introduction
Concluding it pilot run in 2006, The Special Olympics officially introduced Young Athletes™, a sports program for children aged 2-7 with intellectual disabilities. It was designed to get the children exposed and interested in sports before they are eligible to compete in the Special Olympics. It was tested in 11 other countries and over 10,000 children participated.
Revenue and expenses
The Games made a total of $101,663,833 in revenue, gains, and other financial support. It was a $16,898,416 increase compared to the year before. Total expenses for the year were $101,010,125, another increase from 2006, this time worth $19,841,738.
Founder receives award
Special Olympics founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was awarded with the Minerva Award for Lifetime Achievement two weeks after the closing ceremony on October 23. She won the award for her contributions not only to the Special Olympics, but for efforts to help people with disabilities. The award is named after the Roman goddess Minerva and serves as a way to honor women who have sparked change in their communities, states, and nations.
- "2007 Annual report" (PDF). Special Olympics. October 17, 2008.