Fwd: Second Lady Karen Pence Participates in the Special Olympics World Games

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Office of the Second Lady
March 13, 2019
*Second Lady Karen Pence and the U.S. Presidential Delegation Arrive in Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to participate in events of the Special
Olympics World Games*

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates—Today, Second Lady Karen Pence, joined by
her daughter Audrey, and the U.S. Presidential Delegation arrived in Abu
Dhabi to attend the Opening Ceremony and to participate in other events of
the Special Olympics World Games. The Presidential Delegation includes
Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, Steven
Bondy, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, United States Embassy Abu Dhabi, Dr.
Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, Mariano Rivera,
Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition,
Former Pitcher for the New York Yankees, and 2019 inductee to the Baseball
Hall of Fame.

The Second Lady and the Delegation kicked off their visit by attending the
United States versus Kenya soccer match at the Zayed Sports City. Before
the start of the match, Mrs. Pence proceeded to the soccer field where she
greeted the athletes and then tossed a Eurnice Kennedy Commemorative coin
to help the referees determine which team would start the game. Then, Mrs.
Pence and the delegation watched the match from the stands with members of
the U.S. Special Olympics bowling team and fans. Following the soccer
match, Mrs. Pence and the Delegation returned to the field where they
congratulated all of the athletes on their participation in the soccer

“It is a great honor and privilege to attend the Special Olympics World
Games and cheer on the amazing athletes as they compete in their sport,”
said Mrs. Pence. “The athletes at today’s soccer match displayed enthusiasm
and camaraderie throughout the game. I was inspired by their tenacity and

Following the soccer match, the Second Lady participated in a Sister Cities
gift exchange at the Founder’s Memorial to highlight and recognize the
relationship shared between Houston and Abu Dhabi. Mrs. Pence is the
Honorary Vice Chair of Sister Cities International. The visit started with
a brief tour of the Founder’s Memorial. Then, Mrs. Pence, on behalf of the
Mayor of Houston, presented of Abu Dhabi with a letter and a gift of a
framed postcard featuring the “First Manned Moon Landing.” The gift
recognizes the 50th Anniversary of man’s landing on the moon on July 20,
1969, and Houston believes the UAE has been showing interest and dedication
to developing its space agency program. In exchange, H.E. Falah Al Ahbabi,
Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, presented Mrs. Pence with
a three-dimensional sculpture titled, “The Constellation,” which is in
honor of the founder of Abu Dhabi. The Second Lady will deliver the gift to
Houston in April.

Mrs. Pence ended the day by enjoying dinner with the Presidential
Delegation. Tomorrow, Mrs. Pence will lead the Presidential Delegation and
the U.S. athletes in the parade of the Opening Ceremony.



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