The New Orleans Saints lent their support to an exciting event at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Saturday, March 19, when team ambassador Michael Lewis served as the keynote speaker for the opening of the South Mississippi Special Olympics games
The NASA facility at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line was the host to over 200 athletes, who participated in several events in the afternoon. Regardless of their finish, they all received ribbons for their participation.
At the opening of the ceremonies, Lewis, integrated the Special Olympics motto of "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt" into his speech. He congratulated all of the Olympians on their hard work, perseverance and participation in the ceremonies. He also told them that the most important thing is that they give everything of themselves for whatever they do in life in addition to that day's events.
Lewis then proceeded to help warm up some of the participants prior to the events, even being able to spend time with one of his cousins, Michael Cran who was a participating in the day's events. He also brought his Super Bowl XLIV Championship ring, letting the olympians try it on.