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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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Inge De Rouck
Some of football’s biggest names have pledged their support for Special Olympics annual European Football Week. Spanish national team football coach and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics Julen Lopetegui, Juventus and Italy star Gianluigi Buffon, and Bayern Munich and Polish international Robert Lewandowski, have all given their backing to the European wide football event, which promotes inclusion for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Nicholls State University women's soccer team hosted a soccer clinic with Special Olympics Louisiana.
Three hundred Special Olympics athletes gathered in Sweden recently for the hugely successful and popular Kim Källström Trophy.
By Maureen Rabbitt
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