Baumgartner lauds Special Olympics’ efforts to ‘end the R-word’

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, applauds the campaign by the Special Olympics to end the use of the “R-word,” and recognizes the accomplishments of Washington’s Special Olympians. This follows a wonderful weekend in Wenatchee where 1,200 athletes competed with the support of more than 600 volunteers.

“We have many talented athletes from our state participating in the Special Olympics,” said Baumgartner. “I want to raise awareness of these champions and the campaign to end the use of the dehumanizing and hurtful impact of the ‘R-word’ on our community. I encourage people around our state to make the pledge and lend their support.”

March 7 marks National Pledge Day in the national campaign to “Spread the Word and End the Word.”

“There are almost 800,000 pledges online to end demeaning use of this word,” Baumgartner said. “I’ll be adding my name to that list. It is important we recognize the contribution of these individuals to our state and commit to showing all our fellow citizens the respect and dignity they deserve. I especially want to recognize the Spokane Parks and Recreation Powderhounds Ski Team and their longtime team member Anna McCoy for winning two more medals. March 7 is Anna’s 21st birthday, so we pledge our support to Anna and all her peers on her birthday.”

People can visit www.r-word.org to pledge and be heard.