Don’t Miss “The Specials!”

We wanted to make sure you don’t miss the television debut of “The Specials,” on Sunday, September 7th from 1:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  OWN just announced they will be airing this groundbreaking docu-series about the funny, honest story of five housemates with intellectual disabilities living the classic student lifestyle in England this Sunday.  All 13 episodes will air back-to-back on Sunday, September 7 from 1:30 – 8 p.m. CST.The_Specials

For a sneak peek now, please visit: www.oprah.com/thespecials

Filmed over four years and narrated by housemates Sam, Hilly, Lucy, Lewis and Megan, all between the ages of 19-23 and close friends since childhood, “The Specials” shares the ups and downs of their daily lives from first love to heartbreak, from leaving college to finding a job, as well as the day-to-day interactions and complications of sharing a house together. The housemates live life to the max – they enjoy everything from surfing and karaoke as well as competing in Special Olympics.

The Webby Award-winning series was originally produced as short form,10-minute webisodes in England. OWN will televise fresh, newly adapted episodes following housemates as they continue to support each other through major changes in their lives — everything from breakups, to a parents’ divorce and finally an engagement.  

Spontaneous Decisions

You never know what decisions you make on the spur of the moment that will affect your life forever! 

From a recent Special Olympics memo:

When people speak of Camp Shriver – the origin of Special Olympics, they look no farther than Eunice Kennedy Shriver. They talk of one woman’s dream that started in her own backyard. They speak of her vision that through sport, the lives of people with intellectual disabilities would be transformed and public perception would be changed.

Senior year. Spring 1962. An announcement blares over the PA at Holy Cross Academy in Kensington, Maryland: “Any girls willing to volunteer to work at a camp for retarded (sic) children, please come to the main office.” Seventeen year-old twins Ann and Mary Hammerbacher thought, “why not?” and walked down the hall to sign up. They walked right into history. The Hammerbacher twins were among the first volunteers for “Camp Shriver,” Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s experiment in physical activity and recreation for children with intellectual disabilities that she launched in her Rockville, Maryland back yard. Read more

 

The Experience of Being a Special Olympics Athlete

The Experience of Being a Special Olympics Athlete: by Tiffany Hebert  Tiffany Hebert on plane to DC

I lie here thinking about my experience of being a Special Olympics athlete. My experience has been great. My memory is filled with emotions and pictures of me finishing events, maybe not always in first place but still very excited and happy that I finished my event. My next major event was my trip to Washington, DC. I was so excited and helped Special Olympics continue its blessed outreach to our wonderful athletes as we inspire athletes not to give up and to keep going. We can do anything that we put our minds too. Our oath says: “Let me win and if I can not win let me be brave in the attempt.” This oath is what our athletes live by in everyday life. Every bad day this rings out in our mind that we can be brave and still have the courage to get though and finish no matter what. Who inspires you to greatness in everyday life?

“Applaud” each day

Recently I read an article written by Sarah Palin about some of the challengeCEO Corners she has raising her son born with Down Syndrome. Many of you are acutely aware of these challenges. Some of you may not have a child with special needs and have challenges of your own with your kids.  Some of you may not have children and have come to love people with special needs through Special Olympics. Read the Palin article at the link below. It is my desire that Special Olympics LA can give each athlete a reason to “applaud” each day.  Motivate your kids or athletes to “applaud” the day. In the face of adversity, what would your bumper sticker read?

– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana

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