Vincent Martella named "Youth Ambassador" for Special Olympics

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Vincent Martella named “Youth Ambassador.”

Dr. Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics Board of Directors introduced Vincent Martella as the Youth Ambassador for Special Olympics on July 3 during the first ever Special Olympics National Summer Games taking place at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Via a webcam provided by Stetson University, Martella took part in the first ever National Youth Summit webinar.

The youth summit was an open discussion amongst Special Olympics athletes and their non-disabled peers in order to find ways to break down the misconceptions that often exist in society about people with intellectual disabilities. The summit was hosted by Dr. Tim Shriver and actor Tom Arnold. Also in attendance were Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Special Olympics Florida athlete and "The Ringer" co-star Eddie Barbanell.

Martella from the critically acclaimed sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris, has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award, in the category "Choice TV Sidekick". Everybody Hates Chris was also nominated for Choice TV Comedy. Martella stars as Greg, Chris’ best friend and fellow outcast at Corleone Junior High. The 2006 Teen Choice Awards will air on Fox on August 20, 2006 at 8pm ET/PT. You can vote at!

Martella recently returned to Los Angeles to film the second season of EHC which was picked up by the new CW Network. Martella spent a good deal of his time during hiatus working on one of his other passions: his music.

Everybody Hates Chris has earned Diversity, Family Friendly and Image Awards as well as nominations for People’s Choice and Golden Globe awards.


M. Joseph
Vin Man Enterprises, Inc.

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