On Sunday, the 2022 USA Special Olympic Games kicked off in Orlando, Florida.
Over 4,000 athletes from across the country are competing in this year’s event.
And Ron DeSantis scored a major victory for Special Olympic athletes that proves how serious he is about defending freedom.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis set himself apart from other Republican leaders across the country for his willingness to fight for freedom during the pandemic.
DeSantis refused to enforce lockdowns, keeping schools and businesses open in Florida.
DeSantis banned masks and vaccine mandates in the Sunshine State and also sued the Biden administration over its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
The law DeSantis signed banning masks and vaccine mandates imposed stiff penalties for anyone who violated it.
The Florida Department of Health previously issued a $3.5 million fine against Leon County after 14 employees were fired for refusing to get vaccinated.
But the latest example of Ron DeSantis showing how serious he is about banning mandates in the Sunshine State occurred with the Special Olympics International Committee.
This year’s Special Olympics are being held in Orlando, Florida.
However, the Special Olympics were attempting to require the 5,500 individuals who registered for the event to provide proof of vaccination if they wished to compete.
But that was before Ron DeSantis stepped in and defended freedom.
After DeSantis threatened to sue the Special Olympics for $27 million if they did not reverse their vaccine mandate, the organization backed down and changed their policy.
“Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI) announced on June 2, 2022, that it is lifting the vaccine requirement for delegation members attending the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games being held in Orlando, Florida, June 5-12, as required by state of Florida officials on May 27, based upon the Florida Department of Health’s interpretation of Florida law,” the organization said a statement.
“Delegates who were registered for the Games but were unable to participate due to the prior vaccine requirement, now have the option to attend,” it continued, adding that it looks “forward to welcoming thousands of Special Olympics athletes, families, and fans to an extraordinary 2022 USA Games.”
During a press conference on Friday, Ron DeSantis said the Special Olympics made the right decision by dropping the mandate.
“This June with the Special Olympics, they imposed on the athletes a COVID vaccine mandate. […] If you did not submit and you did not get the COVID vax, you would be denied the ability to compete in the Special Olympics,” DeSantis said.
“In Florida, we want all of them to be able to compete. We do not think it’s fair or just to be marginalizing some of these athletes based on a decision that has no bearing on their ability to compete with honor or integrity,” DeSantis continued.
DeSantis also ripped the Left for weaponizing the vaccines and using them to “marginalize” Americans.
“What connection that has to competing, I don’t understand,” DeSantis said of vaccines. “We’ve never seen something wielded like this vaccine to try to marginalize disfavored people.”
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.