Our Impact

Two Sisters, One Act of Love, the Birth of a Movement


When founder of Special Olympics Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a little girl she took her sister swimming, sailing and skiing. Her sister had intellectual disabilities, and including her in sports was groundbreaking. At this time Eunice Kennedy Schriver had no idea how important her love for her sister would be.

Now we know that she would be affecting the lives of almost five million athletes with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for athletes with intellectual disabilities. A total of 170 countries and almost five million athletes are members of the organization. It cannot be compared to either Olympics or Paralympics. Instead it is a humanitarian organization that wants to improve life for its athletes. Special Olympics see no disabilities, only abilities.