The sixth annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day will take place tomorrow, Spetember 26th. This is an annual celebration of her life and a global call challenging everyone to “Play Unified to Live Unified” because Mrs. Shriver taught us that on the playing field, we forget about our differences and recognize our mutual humanity.
EKS Day is an opportunity to celebrate the impact that one dedicated individual can have on the world.
The fifth annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day will take place tomorrow, September 27, 2014! This global call to action is for people to live in a more inclusive society. Not only through sports, but also in the community.
We encourage all of our followers to go out tomorrow and take part in a Unified event, take some pictures, and leave a comment on this post about your day.
One month from today, September 28th, is Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day or EKS Day! We are all looking forward to this day.
“What you are winning by your courage is far greater than any game. You are winning life itself and in doing, you give to others a most precious prize…faith in the unlimited possibilities of the human spirit.” ~ Eunice Kennedy Shriver
“Sometimes the persistence of an individual parent in the instrument which breaks important new ground.” – these words were written by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 50 years ago, in her article to the Sunday Evening Post about the needs of people with intellectual disabilities.
“We’ve got to be so proud of what our special friends do and their future. Their possibility of really bringing to the world something that really resembles peace, hope, faith and love that’s what they can do. And we’re so proud of them. And we want to keep going all the time, the next 20 years. I’m going. You coming with me?” – Eunice Kennedy Shriver
A recent article I read said that… Martin Luther King Jr. was a Peaceful Warrior, in the midst of everything to read, this really resonated with me. It made me stop and think. How many Special Olympics Louisiana athletes are Peaceful Warriors? How many volunteers, coaches, families, staff, etc. fight every day to advocate for and show people the remarkable abilities of those with intellectual disabilities? I continued reading and read “Dr. King stood up for people who could not stand up for themselves and that is probably the truest definition of a real hero.” That is exactly what Special Olympics does every day! I was in shock when I discovered that Martin Luther King Jr. was only 39 years old when he was assassinated. How much did he accomplish and how many lives did he touch in less than 40 years? Now I am not one that gets into the conspiracy theories and rumor mills, but the basic principles I believe Dr. King was trying to convey is what I thought about. I knew the basics about Dr. King but began to learn so much more. His words not only talk about race and ethnicity but the basics of all human rights. He said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…” and “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy.” While the world has tried to rectify the misperception of several minorities, those with intellectual disabilities are silent and often overlooked. A champion of our cause, President Kennedy, invited Martin Luther King to the White House to talk about civil rights on numerous occasions.
I wonder if back then they knew the tremendous impact Kennedy’s sister, Eunice, would have on the world when those with intellectual disabilities had come up in conversation about civil rights and equality. “I have a dream, that my four little children, will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This weekend, as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, let us reflect and become Peaceful Warriors of our own focusing on all people’s character.
Written by a Special Olympics Louisiana staff member