This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. As if the event’s participants weren’t excited enough for the event to once again be held in person, the Spelling Bee will have an extra special Guest in attendance this year.
First Lady Jill Biden will be making an appearance at the event, which had to be canceled last year due to COVID-19 concerns. This is not the first time Dr. Biden has attended the national event. She also attended the National Spelling Bee in 2009 when she was Second Lady during the Obama Administration and it was held in Washington D.C.
Dr. Biden is a lifelong educator who received her Doctor of Education from the University of Delaware. She has long believed in the power of learning, so it is no surprise that she wants to support the young children who have made it to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The White House released an official statement that was shared by The Hill. The brief statement said:
“Immediately before the Bee’s primetime Finals, Dr. Biden will meet with the spellers and their families, and will congratulate them on this tremendous academic achievement, the White House said on Tuesday.
Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports complex is a massive complex that has been home to a number of events over the years. It is the training center for the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team during MLB Spring Training. This year it will also host the Warrior Games, the Special Olympics Fall Classic, and Dance and Cheerleading Worlds Competitions.
Due to the fact that the First Lady will be in the Orlando area on Thursday, July 8, traffic from Orlando International Airport to the Wide World of Sports Complex may be slower than normal and drivers may experience a delay. If you are traveling (or specifically driving) in the area at that time, you may want to find another route.
Dr. Biden is expected to land in the Orlando area around 6 p.m. The National Spelling Bee will be broadcast on ESPN2 and is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. There are 11 bright minds who have made it to the finals, and they range in age from 11 to 14.
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