Special Olympics has competitions, programs and initiatives all around the world, every day of the year. Here's a look at what it's all about.
Eunice Wins the Juanita Kreps Award
In 1999, Eunice won the Juanita Kreps Award, and this moving profile of her life, as told by Eunice, Sargent Shriver and others, was prepared for the occasion.
Profile: Eunice Kennedy Shriver
A fast-paced overview of Eunice's life and pioneering accomplishments, told by her family, a Special Olympics athlete and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.
NBC News Report on Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Changing the world: Eunice Kennedy Shriver's efforts to help people with disabilities circles the globe. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams July 7, 2006.
Life in the Shadows
A short film about U.S. President John F. Kennedy's fight for people with intellectual disabilities, "the disenfranchised and the powerless," narrated by Eunice. Purchase a VHS/DVD of "Life in the Shadows" here ...
In Her Own Words: What She Learned from the Athletes
In her swimming pool, Eunice learned about guts, courage, change and commitment, lessons provided by the intellectually challenged athletes she invited.
In Her Own Words: Sports at the Heart
Special Olympics is a sports organization, first and foremost, and needs to remain that, Eunice says. "Sports is a great oracle for our friends."
In Her Own Words: Opportunity, 40 Years On
In the days before Special Olympics, children with intellectual disabilities in the United States were systematically excluded, Eunice says. Today, things are better though challenges remain.
EUNICE: The Kennedy Who Changed The World
A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arguing she left behind the Kennedy family’s most profound political legacy.
A World of Neglect
People with intellectual disabilities are society's most neglected population. Nearly 200 million people, or three percent of the world's population, have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability population in the world.
A Dream to Grow On
A short film about the 1968 Special Olympics Games in Chicago, the event that launched the worldwide Special Olympics movement, narrated by U.S. Olympic decathlon champion Rafer Johnson.SHOW MORE
2003 Games: The Power of Love to Change the World
In Ireland, Eunice reminds us of the punishing neglect that faces "the world's most innocent victims" and the path to dignity that Special Olympics provides.
1999 Games: Thirty Years of Progress
Mrs. Shriver marvels at the changes in expectations and attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities in the 30-year history of Special Olympics.