Brooklyn Decker: Special Olympics Ambassador

By April Chieffo,
Model Brooklyn Decker arrives at the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Sam Morris (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)


Brooklyn Decker is a model and actress, but she also works closely with the Special Olympics as an ambassador. The 24-year-old has been part of the organization for a year and a half, and she is heading to Greece for the kick off of the World Summer Games in Athens on June 25.

Decker, who is married to tennis pro Andy Roddick, explained to Us Weekly what inspired her to get involved.

"[My aunt] is a Special Olympics athlete, so I grew up around the organization," she told the magazine on June 16. "I would go to her practices and play with all the athletes and hang out and it was a really kind of fun way to spend my weekend."

"When I started working in this business, I wanted to get involved on the official, national level. So about a year and a half ago, I got officially involved in the Special Olympics," she said.

She added, her husband, Roddick, 28, helps out himself by sending gear to the athletes.

According to Us Weekly, this will be Decker’s first World games. She says it is a very exciting experience.

"It's really special, and I know all the athletes are really excited,” she said. "There are 3.7 million Special Olympics athletes around the world and it's actually very cool because this year at the World Games they have 180 countries attending. I think this represents unity and tolerance of all races, nationalities, and ability. I think there is something really special about that."

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