Candlelight Vigil and more
Following their time with members of Congress, a special candlelight vigil will be held around the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 5:30 PM EST, as a tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver and poignant reminder of everyone’s ability to aid in the fight for the civil rights of everyone.
“This is the time that this civil rights movement be recognized,” shared Special Olympics Chairman and CEO, Tim Shriver. “The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act is about real athletes and real change. Over the course of the last decade we have countless examples of how people with intellectual disabilities have been positively impacted by the Federal support we have been given and we hope to continue those benefits and more with new support.”
“It is always an honor and privilege to share our mission of inclusion and respect with our leaders in Washington,” said Best Buddies International Founder and Chairman, Anthony K. Shriver. “It brings us all such a great sense of joy when we witness firsthand the talents and energy that people with disabilities bring to our schools, our communities, and our workplaces. I know all our elected officials walk away feeling so inspired by the boundless potential of our athletes and ambassadors. How could anyone not want to invest in such a wealth of untapped talent in America.”
More than 200 million people worldwide have IDD, making this the largest disability group worldwide. Intellectual and developmental disabilities cross racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic lines, and can occur in any family.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now take place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world, from community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard to World Games. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.
About Best Buddies
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs and Ambassadors – engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 700,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.
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