Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

The sixth annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day, to be held on Saturday, 26 September 2015, will celebrate the theme of #LetsChangeTheGame.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day is an annual celebration of her life and a global call to action for people to live in a more unified society -- in sport, in the community and in the work place. By committing acts of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities, we will continue to build on Eunice Kennedy Shriver's legacy.


26 September 2015, Special Olympics will commemorate Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day), bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities to give ever new life to Eunice Kennedy Shriver's vision and to honor Mrs. Shriver's inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day is celebrated around the world in an effort to honor 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, the real heroes of this movement that are unifying communities and expanding opportunities around the world. Help them honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Saturday, 26 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 own!

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" Visit to learn about the life and impact of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.