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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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A Special Olympics athlete took part in the signing of an agreement between Special Olympics and the International Volleyball Federation.
From 23-27 March, Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International joined forces in Brazil to hold a Unified Volleyball Coaching Training.
Lisabeth Aleoni Arruda
“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in our partnership,” said Barry Palmer, Chairperson of the Lions Clubs International Foundation. “These athletes deserve, and should have access to, quality care. We must work hard to ensure that we sustain what we create, on behalf of those we serve."
The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Special Olympics today announced a two-year global initiative that will leverage the power of sports to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program.