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.
Was there a mentor, teacher or coach who made a difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best? The one who helped shape both your performance and your character? You can be that important person in someone else’s life.
Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders. Special Olympics coaches go even further.They help athletes find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.
As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect.
Call 800.345.6644 or visit http://www.laso.org for more information on becoming a SOLA coach.
No costs are imposed on Special Olympics Louisiana athletes or their families. To continue to operate in this manner, Special Olympics Louisiana depends upon the cash and in-kind donations of our many generous sponsors and donors to fund its year-round program, parish, area and statewide. We would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors.
To honor her work and her creation of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was posthumously honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 25th ESPYS Presented by Capital One on Wednesday, July 12.
As part of the 25th annual ESPYS event, Special Olympics athletes around the United States were honored with local ESPY Awards. These honorees were recognized by the ESPYS organizers and their Programs as “amazing, inspirational athletes.” Each athlete received a letter of commendation, along with an ESPYS statuette.
Special Olympics Louisiana athlete, Craig Blackburn, of Metairie, LA was one of those few honorees. Blackburn is a 38 year old athlete who competes in bowling, bocce, aquatics, and basketball. He has participated in Special Olympics for over twenty years.
Blackburn is also a devoted Winn Dixie Supermarket employee of 18 years, owns his own home, and is married. In addition to competing regularly, Blackburn also serves on Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Council and has served as an international spokesperson and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.
Learn more about Criag: http://www.specialolympics.org/SimpleStories/SimpleStory.aspx?id=42855
For more information about Eunice Kennedy Shriver: http://www.specialolympics.org/Press/2017/Eunice_Kennedy_Shriver_ESPY_Arthur_Ashe_Courage_Award.aspx
Please TUNE IN TONIGHT- Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. CST on ABC for the 25th annual ESPYS where this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be posthumously awarded to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Chairman Timothy Shriver will accept the award on behalf of the Shriver family and will be joined on stage by eight Special Olympics athletes.
Please invite your friends and family to watch with the attached graphic and social media language below!
If you missed the original award announcement on June 6, you can read more details here.