Women of World Games
Eunice Kennedy Shriver on the left and a representative from MENA on the right doing string art.
In 1968, two women, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Chief Justice Anne Burke combined forces to organize the first Special Olympics event. In the decades since, women have been working behind the scenes in many different roles to coordinate and lead Special Olympics World Games execution.
7 Women of World Games
During Women’s History Month, seven women, one from each Special Olympics Region, shared their unique stories of what it was like to participate in and plan a World Games.
Special Olympics Africa
Basketball Official, World Games Abu Dhabi 2019
Special Olympics Asia Pacific
Special Olympics Australia athlete on 2025 & 2029 World Winter Games Bid Evaluation Team
Special Olympics East Asia
Chairwoman, World Winter Games Pyeongchang 2013
Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
President of Special Olympics Russia, Host of World Winter Games Kazan 2022
Special Olympics Latin America
Tennis Technical Delegate at the 2011, 2015, and 2019 World Games
Special Olympics North America
Assistant Technical Delegate, Volleyball, World Games Berlin 2023
Special Olympics Middle East North Africa
Manager of Transformation and Legacy for Special Olympics UAE, World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Every day and all around the world, our athletes train and strive to achieve their very best. During World Games, the entire Special Olympics movement comes together to see our athletes in action and celebrate their victories over huge odds.