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Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks at the 2007 Special Olympics Torch Run

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007  •  Speech

Thank you. I am so happy to be here today. These athletes inspire us in two ways: first, they remind us that no disability can harness the human spirit. Second, they remind us of the words of Winston Churchill, who said, “never, never, never give up.” A champion is not defined merely by medals, but by a willingness to overcome any obstacle that stands in the way of a dream. It is the effort that counts. The effort of these athletes is an inspiration to millions of Texans. We are grateful for their dedication to sport, and for the universal values that competition instills in each of us: the importance of persistence, the value of teamwork, the pride of accomplishment.

These athletes are the epitome of the Texas spirit: they work hard, they exude character, they play by the rules, and they rejoice in the effort of every competitor regardless of their time or place. I am honored to be with these athletes, and the law enforcement supporters who are helping carry the torch. This is a wonderful event, and it is made possible by kindred souls who volunteer their time in support of this extraordinary event. Thank you for what you do, and may God bless the Special Olympics.

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