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Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford Teamed Up with Actress Lauren Potter for Special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford participated in the first-ever ESPN | Special Olympics USA Games Unified Sports Challenge — Executive Division Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the University of Washington’s Husky Ballpark in Seattle. Ashford was among an exclusive group of executives who competed with their employees, celebrities and Special Olympics athletes in multiple Unified Sports challenges.

Special Olympics Unified Challenge

Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony.

Actress Lauren Potter, most recognizable for her role as Becky Jackson in the hit television show “Glee,” teamed up with Ashford, along with Special Olympics Athlete Mike Van Zee and Holland America Line employees Erik Elvejord and Dan Rough. The Executive Challenge, along with a Community Challenge that took place Friday, June 29, preceded the start of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Seattle event competitions from July 1-6.

Van Zee is from Spokane, Washington, and started in the Special Olympics program in 1983 learning to powerlift. He first competed in the Special Olympics Games in 1988 and has gone on to participate in numerous Special Olympics, including the Special Olympics World Games.

Throughout the day, the teams rotated around 12 activity stations including Hot Shot Basketball, Penalty Shoot Soccer, Just Dance, Team Bocce, Inflatable Dart Board, Football Accuracy Challenge, Giant Memory Game, and Golf Putting or Chipping. Ashford and Potter took home first and second respectively in the Just Dance competition.

Special Olympics Unified Challenge

Special Olympics Unified Challenge

1 Comment
  • Gord Layhew

    Dear Sir,
    On our last cruise Highlights of Scotland, Amsterdam to Amsterdam , 4 August to 18 August 2019. We were unable to go ashore at one port due to impending weather. Thank heaven and the good judgment of the Captain. After looking at some of the photos of the site, very few of the passengers would have been able to climb the stairs, and anyone who did were talking their lives in their own hands.
    The stairs had no hand railing and some, depending on the tides would have been very slippery and dangerous. The person who thought about this port should have another look and think about safety. Eliminate it altogether.
    Now as a very nice gesture, there was a refund for the costs that would have been incurred. Something, if memory serves, we were not offered when we were unable to go ashore on the Faulklin Islands, years ago.
    May I thank someone, if this comment is read.

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