Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day
The fourth annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day, to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, will continue to celebrate the theme of "Play Unified to Live Unified."
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day is an annual
celebration of her life and an invitation for everyone to "Play
Unified to Live Unified!" This global call to action stems from
Mrs. Shriver's teaching that on the playing field, we forget about
our differences and recognize our mutual humanity. On EKS Day, we
invite you to join us in playing unified and teaching the world to
live unified. We are demonstrating Eunice Kennedy Shriver's
enduring vision by calling upon athletes, families and friends to
come together in a day of inclusive sport and play.
On 28 September 2013, Special Olympics and
Best Buddies will commemorate the fourth annual Eunice
Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day), bringing together
people with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in
sport and to honor Mrs. Shriver's inspiration, impact and
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day is celebrated around the
world and led by the program leadership of both Special Olympics and Best
Buddies in an effort to celebrate her life and impact and share her story to
inspire new fans. We hope to inspire people of all ages to follow her example
and commit themselves to improving the world for people with intellectual
disabilities. Please join the athletes of Special Olympics and buddies of Best
Buddies, the real heroes of this movement that are unifying communities and
expanding opportunities around the world. Help them honor Eunice Kennedy
Shriver on Saturday, 28 September.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver's actions helped open the minds of all
people to the gifts and talents of individuals with intellectual
disabilities. She believed in their possibilities, which fuel hope
in all of us to make a difference. Eunice Kennedy Shriver
demonstrated an unrelenting indomitable spirit in action that one
person could make a difference and change the world. Her lasting
legacy must be our continued commitment to improve and transform
the lives of the 200 million people worldwide with intellectual
disabilities who still live with diminished opportunities and
social disrespect, and are often neglected and hidden away.
Today, our call to action begins with you. We invite you to
celebrate this extraordinary woman's legacy, and take part in
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day's demonstration of inclusion, acceptance
and unity. You can participate by:
Joining a Unified Sports team, or even starting a team of your
Volunteering as a coach in your community
Sharing your story of playing unified or making friends with
individuals with intellectual disabilities
Helping to continue the legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver by
educating and informing others of her mission and goals
Taking the pledge to Spread the Word to End the Word® and to
promote the principle of respect throughout your community.
For More Information
EKS Day is an opportunity to celebrate the impact that one
dedicated individual can have on the world. Become an agent of
acceptance and action throughout the world. Embrace the spirit of
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day and "Play Unified to Live
Unified." Visit www.eunicekennedyshriver.org to
learn about the life and impact of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
For more information on EKS Day, visit www.eksday.org
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