From 25 July – 2 August, 6,500 athletes from 165 countries came together in Los Angeles to celebrate the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities. The event began with the Generation Unified (GenUin) Social Impact Summit – a six day convention supported by the Essilor Vision Foundation. 120 youth leaders from around the world explored projects to make communities more inclusive for people with intellectual disabilities.
Healthy vision was singled out as a key issue at the Summit. Filipina participants Brina Maxino, 18 years old, and Sashi Montana, 19 years old, presented “Eye Can Play: A Fun Eyeffair”. It’s a project that aims to help athletes and their families learn the importance of healthy vision in an educational and entertaining way. Their impact project was shortlisted as one of the top five ideas and the girls will now work with their mentor, Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, and the Essilor Vision Foundation to develop this in the Philippines in early 2016.
In parallel to 25 different track, field and indoor competition sports from basketball, swimming to football, cycling and gymnastics, Essilor volunteers were part of a six-day Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes program providing vision care to over 3,000 athletes. They created an on-site temporary lab performing edging services to ensure that as many athletes as possible received their prescription eyewear within 24 hours.
Essilor has been a long-term partner for Special Olympics, helping more than 150,000 athletes see better over the past 13 years. To celebrate, Essilor and EVF hosted a reception to pay tribute to all the special athletes and in particular the many volunteers across the world who have contributed to improving lives through improving sight.