While the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles was nearing the end, Taipei Special Olympics Athletes Team visited Hsi Lai Temple on August 1, 2015.
The group of 24 members consisting of the athletes and their family members were led by Taipei Special Olympics deputy director Shi-jing Lee and Taiwan Education Ministry Sports Commission deputy commissioner Shui-wen Wang. The visit was made in appreciation of the warm welcome received by the team from Hsi Lai Temple's co-host town Hacienda Heights. On the team's first night arriving in Los Angeles, upon learning that the team was facing difficulties, both the Venerables and volunteers in Hsi Lai Temple went to great lengths to prepare over one hundred hot dinner boxes and promptly delivered to the team in the Games center around 10 o'clock at night, so that the team members could enjoy a warm meal.
The visiting group was warmly received by the Temple director Venerable Hui Hao and Venerable Ru Yang. The group was greatly impressed with the auspicious monastery architecture of the Main Shrine, auditorium, conference room and the beautiful landscape.
Taiwan Education Ministry Sports Commission deputy commissioner Shui-wen Wang thanked the temple for its hospitality. He said that this is their first visits to the US and it means a great deal to them having received such heartwarming welcome long way away from their country. Staying in the serene temple, the team members were able to keep in peaceful and tranquil minds. Hsi Lai Temple's help provided great encouragement to the team in overcoming obstacles and meeting special needs of theirs.
Taipei Special Olympics deputy director Shi-jing Lee said that the young special athletes' growth requires not only the efforts of parents, support from the communities is also of great importance and Hsi Lai Temple had provided a positive societal exemplary. He said that the team members have achieved an outstanding record of 28 gold medals, 24 silver medals and 16 bronze medals. These youngsters followed the Special Olympics athletes' oath: "Brave attempt to win" in glory for Taipei. The athletes have shown great bravery in overcoming obstacles and challenges, their indomitable spirit of sportsmanship is admirable.