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The Taiwainese American Professionals of Los Angeles (TAP-LA) hosted a charitable fundraising event along with the Law Enforcement Torchrun (LETR) to help raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics of Southern California (SOSC) Nov. 2 at the Spin Movement in San Marino.
TAP-LA is a non-profit organization that empowers the Taiwanese and Taiwanese American community in Greater Los Angeles with focus on community building, professional development, health, and wellness while promoting the Taiwanese and Taiwanese American culture and identity through community services. At this event, funds were raised to help the Special Olympics organization provide Olympic-type sports training and athletic competition year-round for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The Special Olympics movement was founded in 1968 to reach out to people with intellectual disabilities around the world and to encourage them to discover their strengths and abilities, skills, and success through the power of sports. Special Olympics of Southern California resources are available for both the athletes and their families to assist them with any type of need.
"We host this event every year, and the event location varies on the spin studios we work with," said Chris Balmaseda of TAP-LA. The event opened with a speech delivered by Special Olympic athletes Michael Leon and Marco Martinez, who recited the traditional Special Olympics Oath, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The one-hour session spin class was led by Nari Petrosian. The room was filled with energetic and enthusiastic participants on their stationary bicycles.
TAP-LA is frequently involved with communities to contribute and provide positive outreach through events and charities. “The event was a success, and yes we will do the event again next year,” said Alex Hsaio, Health & Wellness Committee member of TAP-LA. “This is our third year in a row, and hopefully we can raise even more money next year.”
The organization continues to coordinate humanitarian services and support other non-profit organizations and foundations. To learn more about TAP-LA and its upcoming events, visit the website at https://tapla.org. Or follow their social media on Facebook @TAPLosAngeles and instagram @tap_la.