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This past summer, more than 500 Kaiser Permanente physicians traded their exam rooms for a field, pool, track, or course in order to provide sideline medical care at four of the seven hubs where the Special Olympics World Games took place in Los Angeles. With 6,500 athletes from 165 countries competing, the Games were the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year.

As a founding champion and the official health partner of the Games, Kaiser Permanente is honored to have been part of an event that encourages individuals to stay healthy, train, and strive to achieve their very best. We're also proud to have worked closely with Special Olympics World Games officials for the past two years to plan and prepare in order to provide the specialized care that these athletes can require.

Volunteering at the Games was very personal for one of our team members in particular. Linda Mirdamadi is a not just a Kaiser Permanente physician, but a mother of a special needs child. See the video below to learn why meeting with the founder of the Special Olympics motivated her volunteerism.

I am just so proud to be part of Kaiser Permanente; I'm so proud of our organization for partnering with the Special Olympics.

– Linda Mirdamadi, MD

Linda Mirdamadi, MD – Physician, Mother, and Special Olympics World Games Medical Care Volunteer

Want to learn more? Watch this video to see four brave athletes, and Kaiser Permanente members, in action.

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