This lady right here. If I had an idol, Eunice Kennedy Shriver would be it. The founder of @specialolympics , she blazed a trail for rights and respect for people with intellectual and developmental challenges. One of two girls born to the Kennedy family, she felt a bond with sister Rosemary, who had developmental delays. Since the whole family enjoyed sports, Eunice soon realized how limited opportunities were for individuals like Rosemary. Soon, Camp Shriver came to be, a day camp in her backyard hosting children with IDD for “sports days”. In July 1968, the first international Special Olympics Games were held in Chicago IL. Slowly, it grew and the program has become a leader in not only sports opportunities, but inclusion, healthcare, and advocacy for people with IDD. Unified Sports are on the rise, giving everyone a chance to play together. Healthy Athletes continues to bring screenings and better health to athletes and communities. “End the R Word” campaign grows each year.
I still get chills when I hear this woman’s speech from 1987, “A Message of Hope, A Message of Victory”. “You are the stars, and the world is watching you...the right to play on any field, you have earned it. The right to study in any school, you have earned it. The right to hold a job, you have earned it. The right to be anyone’s neighbor, you have earned it”. On the heels of the USA Summer Games a few weeks ago, this weekend brings a celebration back to Chicago, where it all began.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, an amazing woman. Congratulations on 50 years, Special Olympics.
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