You know her as William McKinley High’s loud-mouth “Cherrio” Becky Johnson on the FOX television show “Glee”. Now, 24-year-old Lauren Potter has a new role, one she is extremely proud of – Special Ambassador to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Lauren, who has Down Syndrome, has been involved with the Special Olympics since high school, taking part in volleyball and baseball. She says that being one of the faces of the games is more than just a job, it’s a mission to give people with disabilities a voice. “I’m so proud of myself and these athletes”, says Lauren. Her mother, Robin, tells us that “Glee” also has given a platform to people with disabilities. Lauren says her role helps her make a difference to other people with Down Syndrome. They both agree that the Special Olympics helps give “power to the athletes, giving them a chance to be champions and to be stars for that moment”.
The 2015 World Games will be the largest event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics Games. Venues will include USC, UCLA, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. More than 7,000 athletes from all over the world will come together in Los Angeles for the games, which run from July 25 through August 2, in 2015.