Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games Organizing Committee Releases theme song and video to mark 50 Days to the Games

Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games will take place from July 31- August 4, 2018 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University.

Antigonish, Nova Scotia, June 11, 2018 — Today marks the 50 day countdown for the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games and, as Special Olympics Canada marks its 50th anniversary, the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) is releasing “Let Me Win,” the SO2018 Games theme song and an accompanying video.

 

Written and recorded by multiple East Coast Music Award winning artist Charlie A’Court and a group of Special Olympic athletes from across Nova Scotia, “Let Me Win” is based on the Special Olympics motto by the same name. The athletes and A’Court recorded the theme song at JUNO award winning musician Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard Studio in late April. Award winning musician Chris Kirby produced the track and Mirror Image Media (Meaghan and Marie Wright) taped and produced a video of the day.

“Recording this song was such a joy,” A’Court says. “The athletes representing Nova Scotia are so dedicated and they really brought energy and inspiration to the studio. Together, we recorded a song that reflects their strength and spirit.”

Games Organizing Committee Co-Chair Marc Champoux, a long-time friend of A’Court, jumped at the chance when A’Court asked if there was something he could do to assist with the Games.

“This was truly a team effort with Charlie, already aligned with so many worthy causes in the province, inviting and welcoming these great athletes who had a fantastic day contributing to the project along with award winning individuals from the music industry,” Champoux says. “The results not only show how much fun, energy and enthusiasm went into the song and video but the talent involved from athletes, musicians, technicians and videographers. It was nice to have Mirror Image Media, who are graduates of StFX, involved in the videography and who always seem have such a wonderful way of bringing projects to life!”

The GOC hopes the video and song will be widely circulated and contribute to getting the public to come out and cheer (#fansinthestands) on these athletes. Athletic competitions will take place in nine events on the campus of StFX University, Antigonish Golf and Country Club and Town of Antigonish ball fields located at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School. A complete schedule of events will soon be available at http://so2018.specialolympicsns.ca/

The GOC has planned a very unique Opening Ceremony July 31st where the “Let Me Win” video and song will play a prominent role. Attending the Opening Ceremony will be a number of VIPs including Special Olympics Canada Board Chair and Olympian, Mark Tewksbury, Special Olympics Canada CEO, Sharon Bollenbach and Senator Jim Munson (TBC).

The public is invited to attend any and all Games related events to witness #strength, #courage, and #determination encompassed with the true heart of sportsmanship. The Games are presented by Michelin Corporate Foundation and Sobeys and supported by the Government of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada.

To see the video for Let Me Win go to:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CgyryRBzfYJnG-inevExyPFOsHKQcK3k

To listen to Let Me Win go to:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ykiweyertp81a3w/AADDcGSWKh_pG7tYplm2QY37a?dl=0

 

About the Special Olympics National Games: The Special Olympics Canada Summer and Winter Games started in 1974 and are national multi-sport Games for athletes with an intellectual disability. Over 45,000 athletes compete in training and competitions all across Canada supported by over 21,000 volunteers. It is the country’s largest multi-sport event for people with intellectual disabilities and provides our athletes with a development and competitive opportunity that prepares and qualifies them for Special Olympics World Games.

 

About Charlie A’Court: Charlie A’Court is largely recognized as the proverbial force to be reckoned with. Planted at the crossroads of roots and soul, his mighty voice, fierce guitar work and contemporary songwriting places A’Court firmly on the world stage. His latest album, Come On Over, won the 2015 Blues Recording of The Year at both the East Coast Music Awards and Nova Scotia Music Awards.

Often stylistically compared to his mentors Otis Redding and Eric Clapton, Charlie A’Court harnesses his rising falsetto and emotive guitar playing to deeply impact his fans, creating music that simply cuts to the heart of the matter. A’Court regularly tours across Canada and internationally, and has toured with or opened for James Cotton, Delbert McClinton, UB-40, Colin James, Jimmie Vaughan and Robert Cray.

A five-time ECMA winner and eight-time NSMA winner, A’Court continues to deliver his style of Canadian soul. Whether it’s a full-blown electric concert on a large festival stage with his powerhouse ensemble or a stirring and poignant solo performance on acoustic guitar, Charlie is without a doubt, one of the most genuine performers of his time.

 

Contacts:

Marc Champoux, GOC co-chair

  1. P) 902-870-2163

Charlie A’Court, “Let Me Win” SO2018 Theme song

  1. P) 902-877-1076

Brian Lazzuri, GOC communications

  1. P) 902-714-3871