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Cody Simpson & O.A.R. Team Up For Awesome Special Olympics Duet

Wed, July 22, 2015 12:22pm EDT by Chloe Melas 2 Comments

Two of the biggest names in music have just collaborated on the theme song for the 2015 Special Olympics, ‘Reach Up,’ and we love it! This duet written by O.A.R.’s Marc Roberge and featuring Cody Simpson has got us feeling so empowered that we have it on repeat!

Get ready to jam out to “Reach Up,” because it’s going to become your new favorite song. It’s the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games’ official song and it couldn’t be more perfect for the World Games. The coolest part is that not only does it involves two of our favorite artists, O.A.R.’s Marc Roberge and Cody Simpson, 18, but it also features Special Olympics athlete, Breanna Bogucki, and YouTube sensation Madison Tevlin, who has Down syndrome.


The games, which will kick off July 25 in Los Angeles, will welcome 7,000 athletes from 177 different countries! “In all our lives, we’ve been touched by somebody who may not have been born with all the opportunities we were. At the end of the day, we are all doing the exact same thing – trying to appreciate this daily life that we’re given,” O.A.R.’s lead singer, Marc said. “I feel like the lucky one, being able to spend time and learn from two incredible individuals – Madison and Bree – involved with Coca-Cola for something as special and as important as the Special Olympics World Games. ‘Reach Up’ is an anthem. I want people to hear it and feel like they can do anything.”

What makes this even better is that O.A.R. and Cody will be performing this amazing anthem during the Opening Ceremony at 9 p.m. ET on July 25! The video above takes you on a journey and shows you how this song came to be and it’s incredibly touching. Now you can help too by simply sharing the music video found here, with the hashtag #ReachUp. For every share, Coca-Cola will donate one dollar to the Special Olympics!

HollywoodLifers, we just love this song! Check out the video and sound off below and tell us what you think.

— Chloe Melas