The theme for this year’s State Summer Games is “WE ARE.” It’s a fairly popular theme these days, I guess because it al2013 Summer Games logolows anyone to complete the statement in any way they choose to identify with it. As I have driven our state from Carlsbad to Taos the past couple weeks, it’s been fun hearing what our athletes, coaches, volunteers, etc. are coming up with. My favorites include WE ARE SPORTS, WE ARE STRONG, WE ARE CHAMPIONS, and with a smile -WE ARE Open for Business.

If there is one thing about us that I remain deeply thankful for it is the fact that WE ARE New Mexico. As coaches, sponsors, volunteers, health professionals, unified partners, law enforcement officers, fans and friends, WE ARE in every corner of our state, and WE ARE every gender, age, and race that resides here.

WE ARE New Mexico because Special Olympics welcomes everyone. WE ARE Special Olympics because our athletes are who they are, and we need them in our lives. Because of our athletes and only because of them – WE ARE FAMILY, and that is a very beautiful thing.

Hope to see you at Summer Games.

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