Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics,
To Be Remembered With A Day of Sports and Inclusion.
Today, 20 July 2017, SOLA will participate in Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, the worldwide celebration in memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics movement and a leading international advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
In proclaiming global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics said, “Today, we celebrate the legacy of an extraordinary leader who was a champion for people with intellectual disabilities all over the world. Furious at their exclusion from society nearly 50 years ago, she had a vision that sports could build confidence and skills. And, that sports could demonstrate to the world the abundance of talents of people with intellectual disabilities and connect them into society. She founded Special Olympics as a vehicle to make that happen. Her legacy is the important work Special Olympics does every day – through sports, health services, education and changing policy and attitudes.
Let us appropriately honor her legacy by joining together in sports, in communities across the country, people with and without intellectual disabilities playing on teams together, playing unified!” Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day will be celebrated with a number of activities involving people with and without intellectual disabilities.
For more information, visit www.specialolympics.org/eksday.