The DML gallery is intended to display the work of University of Miami students who have used the services provided in the lab to create a visual story. We try to showcase a variety of different ideas from students across departments. The images on this page are on display in the Digital Media Lab.

Global Impact of “A Very Special Christmas”

left to right: UM Graduate Student Video Journalists, Marwan Alenezi, Julia Hienz, Emmy Petit-Frere, David Aaro

During the fall 2017 semester, four University of Miami graduate students travelled the world to film stories of athletes and communities who have benefited from A Very Special Christmas Record Grants which supports Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities. This exhibit consists of screen captures from their video series, 2017 A Very Special Christmas Impact Stories.

Nearly 50 years ago, Special Olympics was founded with a bold idea – using sport to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities make up three percent of the global population. All over the world, they are denied a fair chance at life due to stigma, intolerance and injustice.

The Special Olympics now reaches 172 countries and five million athletes. This global reach is made possible by a venture that started began in 1987 when an album series called “A Very Special Christmas” raised more than 126 million dollars for Special Olympics, making it the most successful benefit recording of all time.

Watch the video series on vimeo:

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