ESPN personalities took to Twitter to criticize Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after its budget proposal would cut funding for the Special Olympics.
ESPN personalities were among those on the social media in support of the Special Olympics after the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos went to Congress Tuesday to defend a budget proposal that would cut funding for these and other educational programs.
DeVos, appeared before the House appropriations subcommittee, where she was grilled by Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., about the cuts, that would eliminate $18 million in federal funding of the Special Olympics, NBC News reported. Pocan asked DeVos if they knew how many children are going to be affected by that cut?” They replied that they had not.
“I will answer for you, that is OK, no problem,” he said. “It is, respectively, 272 000 children who are affected.”
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The budget proposal calls for an overall $7 billion cut from the Department of Education to spend. Despite the line, her budget would pour millions into the funding of charter schools.
ESPN personality Julie Foudy tweeted, “read this @BetsyDeVos. God, you need to spend .01 minutes watching this @SpecialOlympics athletes to perform to understand the power of this program.”
Tony Reali, host of “Around the Horn,” tweeted, “The power of sport lies in the ability to hunt and to inspire positive change and that is the core of what @SpecialOlympics.”
ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi tweeted the stories of those who have participated in the Special Olympics.
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Jen Lada of ESPN tweeted, “Special Olympics CHANGES LIVES. That is not an exaggeration. Some of the most fun, strong, courageous, inspiring, determined, positive people on the planet are @SpecialOlympics athletes. They are the best of us.”
In addition to ESPN personalities, a number of celebrities also tweeted on DeVos on the proposed cuts to the Special Olympics.
Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin tweeted, “Please RT [retweet]. The benefits of the Special Olympics, I have seen first hand as a volunteer, are immeasurable. DeVos proposal to cut back on the funding of impact on thousands with developmental disabilities. Do not let this happen! I support @SpecialOlympics.”
“Who does this? WHO IS DOING THIS?” Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted.