We previously told you how Microsoft and Special Olympics have been partnering on several projects over the last few years. First, Special Olympics have been running on an Azure-based game management system since 2014, and Microsoft has also been providing over 2,000 devices as well as support for their Games Management System (GMS) at the 2015 Summer World Games in Los Angeles.
But this year, Microsoft and Special Olympics also teamed up to celebrate the inclusion of people with intellectual and physical disabilities in competition as part of Windows 10’s #UpgradeYourWorld initiative. On March 26, Microsoft hosted an “Upgrade Your Game” in Seattle that allowed many athletes of all ages and abilities to practice their soccer and football skills with Special Olympics coaches, Seattle Sounders FC alumni and football players from the Everett Reign. Today, Microsoft has just posted a video of the events highlights on Twitter, and you can watch it below:
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Director of Community Outreach and Sounders Alumnus Roger Levesque shared in the video:
“I would like to see this event grow, not just opportunities in soccer but other sports. The interests of young people today are so diverse that if you give them opportunities to follow their passion they’re going to find ways to excel.”
We’re really glad that Microsoft is encouraging inclusion and supporting Special Olympics in empowering athletes of all abilities. If you want to know more about Microsoft’s partnership with Special Olympics, feel free to visit this dedicated page on Microsoft’s website.