Avril Lavigne has announced that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics. The song will be released in advance of the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will take place July 25-August 2, 2015. More details about the song will be available soon.
In September 2014, as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s support for Special Olympics, Avril launched a campaign for her 30th birthday, which raised funds to support 30 Special Olympics Athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
The athletes supported by the campaign will come from five different countries and will be announced in February. During her 2014 World Tour, Avril visited a local Special Olympics program in Shanghai to learn more about their programs, and met with and invited more than 200 Special Olympics athletes to her shows in 14 countries.
Multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne, has teamed up with CrowdRise, an online fundraising platform, to support Special Olympics. Proceeds from the "Team Rockstar" campaign, which launches today, will sponsor athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The Avril Lavigne Foundation and Easter Seals announced that the CAMP S.T.A.R.S. program, designed to give children with disabilities the chance to attend summer camp, will continue for a second year. The program is part of the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s Rockstar Club at Easter Seals, designed to support recreational programming for kids and youth with disabilities to explore their talents, make friends, have fun and learn new skills.
We just got an awesome update from our Rockstar Club in Hawaii, where kids and teens with disabilities got together for a good time at a camp-wide dance. The event gave participants a way to get involved in an age-appropriate event that many of them might normally miss out on. One of the campers was so excited he said: “I can’t believe this is happening! I’m really doing it! Look I’m slow dancing, with a girl!” Our Rockstar Club teens have also been attending other fun outings this summer like a weekend day camp at Sea Life Park, separate boys and girls slumber parties, a trip to the zoo and a fun bowling trip with their families and friends. A photo from their bowling trip is below.
Our Rockstar Club in Alberta has started using their new adaptive bikes made for anyone to be able to ride – both kids with and without disabilities! Below is a photo of one proud camper from Alberta riding one of the adaptive bikes for the first time ever. A counselor said she truly felt like a Rockstar riding through camp and was offering to sign autographs all day long!
Stay tuned for more fun updates throughout the summer!