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Special Olympics supports over 4 million athletes, coaches, and volunteers with 32 Olympic-type sports.
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A peaceful campaign to end discrimination of people with intellectual disabilities.
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Inclusion Revolution Radio episodes drop every other Friday at 10am ET. The athlete-led podcast wants to know: what does inclusion mean to you?
USA Games 2022
5 – 12 June 2022 in Orlando, FL USA
Unified Cup 2022
31 July – 6 August 2022 in Detroit, MI USA
17 – 25 June 2023 in Berlin, Germany
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2022 USA Games
The Special Olympics USA Games Orlando 2022 unites 5,000+ athletes and coaches from 50 states and the Caribbean—and celebrates all abilities! #ShineAsOne
About Intellectual Disabilities
Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Story
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver
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Explore the rich collection of articles, speeches, videos, and galleries that tell the story of Eunice's life and her impact on people around the world.
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Remarks: 1968 World Games
The fact that through sports they can realize their potential for growth.
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Key Listing of Advancements
The establishment of Special Olympics in 1968
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Eunice's Connection to the Families of the Special Olympics Movement
You hear a lot today about the sacrifices parents make so their children can participate in sports. Most of the tales are about driving kids to practices and games three times a week and sacrificing restaurant dinners and vacations to buy them the best-quality equipment and instruction.
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Coaching Quality Sports
Those who have witnessed Special Olympics know first-hand that at its core it is about competition and sport. Eunice makes sure of that.
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"The grandmother I never had..."
At the heart of Eunice's relationships with the athletes is her belief that people with intellectual disabilities are no less worthy of our love, our help, our respect, and our friendship.
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Advocacy - A Salvaged Life
Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated herself to the cause of intellectual disability early on, at a time when the nation didn't devote a second's thought to people with intellectual disabilities, some thought they should be locked up in dark rooms and some were frightened and intimidated by them. But mostly, nobody cared.
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Saturday Evening Post: Hope for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
How the Kennedy family's experience spurred the fight against a widely misunderstood diagnosis.
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Small Steps, Great Strides
Sports Illustrated honored Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the first Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award. Read about how she changed the world for people with intellectual disabilities—through sports.
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Werner Roth: The Good We Do
The New York Cosmos soccer team found playing with Special Olympics athletes to be an eye-opener, said soccer star Werner Roth. She was "always inspiring"he said of Eunice.
The Arthur Ashe Foundation: An Exceptional Voice of Conscience
The Arthur Ashe Foundation praises Eunice for introducing a new word to the vocabulary of parents of children with intellectual disability: hope.
Jamie Kirkpatrick: A Name that Moved Mountains
With persuasion, persistence and her unique personality, Eunice made change happen where it was least expected, says Jamie Kirkpatrick.
Jack McCallum: Memories of Eunice Shriver
Jack McCallum, who wrote the feature profile on Eunice in Sports Illustrated magazine, recalls the transformative impact of Special Olympics over the years.