Part of the Master of Law and Business curriculum requires students to complete a social project, reflecting the Law School’s beliefs that future legal and business leaders must not only have excellent academic credentials, they should also be ready to shoulder responsibility and contribute meaningfully to society.
The Special Olympics is the world’s largest inclusive sporting movement, providing a global platform for individuals with intellectual disabilities to break down barriers and showcase their talents and abilities to the world. The Special Olympics is one of the three Olympics mega events officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is the largest gathering its kind, with over 7000 athletes from over 174 member countries coming together in a host country every four years.
A true inspiration for the MLB Students
The MLB students worked together as a group and joined the workforce responsible for organising the Olympics. They assisted the special athletes, their coaches, support staff, and family members for three days by managing the logistics and ensuring that athletes and their teams reached the right venue at the right time. The close interaction with the athletes together with witnessing their determination, self-confidence and indomitable spirit has truly inspired the MLBs.
The students were also fortunate to attend the Opening Ceremony at the Olympiastadion Berlin, where they watched the parade of athletes and were deeply moved by how every athlete was seen, valued, and celebrated. Bucerius students returned with heartwarming stories and even gifts from the athletes and their families, who were overjoyed to have their support.
As one of the students said, "the most rewarding takeaway for us is that this experience has ignited a passion within most of us to continue participating in events like these whenever we can.” This sense of purpose and fulfilment is what truly made this journey beautiful for our students.
We are proud of our students and their collective passion for being a part of the movement that celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and the power of the human spirit. The Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 has not only provided a global stage for these remarkable athletes but has also provided a global platform for students and their commitment to contributing to and empowering the societies they serve.