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‘The Kennedy Who Changed the World’ documentary inspires support for Special Olympics GB

A new BBC documentary on how Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver changed the world through sport is inspiring Special Olympics supporters across Great Britain to join the Special Olympics Unified Mile on 26 May 2019.
A female and male speaker stand at the top of the room addressing a seated audience.
Crowd gathered for private screening of 'The Kennedy Who Changed the World' in fieldfisher offices, London on 8 April.

The ‘The Kennedy who Changed the World’ documentary was broadcast to the nation in early March and shown recently at a screening in London. It features Special Olympics athletes, US President Bill Clinton, Special Olympics Global Ambassador Nicole Scherzinger and members of the Kennedy family. The documentary recalls how, 50 years ago, Eunice Kennedy Shriver overcame ignorance and prejudice to begin a sports and humanitarian movement which swept the world.

“Special Olympics really does matter”

Narrated by BBC sports presenter, Clare Balding, the documentary was featured at an exclusive screening at the offices of leading law firm fieldfisher in London on 8 April, also supported by top communications agency PLMR and strategy consulting firm Edge International. Audience members were treated to a Q&A with BBC director and producer, Stuart Pollitt and documentary stars, Kiera Byland and Greg Silvester. Stuart—who travelled from Ireland to Tanzania to Chicago over the course of a year for the making of the documentary—revealed how close the Special Olympics cause is close to his heart, noting, “So much of what we do in sport doesn’t matter, but Special Olympics really does matter”.

Three people sit in front of a screen branded with the Special Olympics logo. A female and male stand at either side of them.
Special Olympics Great Britain athletes Kiera Byland (sitting, left) and Greg Silvester (sitting, right) join Stuart Pollitt, dirctor and producer of 'The Kennedy Who Changed the World' (sitting, centre) for a panel discussion following a screening of the documentary on 8 April in fieldfisher offices, London.

Be part of the Special Olympics Unified Mile

Following the screening, Stuart and Special Olympics Great Britain athletes challenged audience members—and the wider public—to be part of the next chapter of the Special Olympics story in Great Britain. Supporters across the country can do this by registering to run in the Special Olympics Unified Mile as part of the Vitality Westminster Mile on 26 May and then registering to fundraise for Special Olympics Great Britain.