Lovin' Scoopful is excited to announce its new Lovin' Compassion Award that recognizes young visionaries who are involved in programs that foster respect inclusion, and a true personal connection for people with intellectual differences.
Award recipients will be selected from students age 8 to 15 who are involved with Special Olympics programs such as Unified Sports, the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, Young Athletes, Get Into It, and Project UNIFY, as well as Best Buddies and other organizations that are designed to create more accepting communities. Through program involvement, recipients must have exemplified characteristics that promote human rights, inclusion, equality, and leadership through education.
"The Lovin' Compassion Award celebrates young people who embody strength in character, leadership, and compassion for those with different abilities," states Lovin' Scoopful co-founder Maria Shriver. "We are excited to kick-off the Lovin' Compassion Award and watch it grow as we continue to honor young men and women who foster understanding and respect and set an inspiring example for us all."
Lovin' Compassion Award hopefuls can be nominated online at www.LovinAward.com by parents, peers, or a representative from Special Olympics or other qualifying nonprofit organizations that promote human rights, equality, and inclusion. Four regional winners from the West Coast, South, New England, and Mid Atlantic regions, as well as one national winner, will be selected from the online nominations.
Go to www.LovinAward.com for a list of prizes being offered to award winners or to nominate an individual for consideration. Nominations will be accepted now thru Friday, May 20th, 2011. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including Maria Shriver and Tim Shriver and will be announced on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011.