My name is James Nazzal, and I was the State Director for the 1st Wisconsin Special Olympics in May, 1970. It really began in August of 1968 when my company accidentally connected me to our Boston office instead of the Buffalo office. An employee in the Boston office excitedly told me how she had volunteered for a very special event: The 1st International Special Olympics. I had no knowledge of or experience in what she was talking about...but there was something in her voice telling I needed to know about this "Special Olympics" thing. She had me call Dr. Frank Hayden (I later understood that he was connected with the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation - and Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Schriver.)
Long story short, on May 16, 1970, the 1st Wisconsin Special Olympics hosted 500 athletes, with coaches and parents participating in the grand games. We then took 75 athletes to Chicago for the "2nd International Special Olympics" later that summer.
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