Special Olympics Founder
In the early 1960’s, Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unfair people with special needs did not have the same opportunities in sports and other activities. Shriver took action and began holding sporting activities for children with special needs.
Mission of Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics is the largest sports organization for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, providing year long training and competition. Numerous children with special needs are incapable of competing with children who have no special needs.
Special Olympics is extremely close to my family and me. We have a 14-year-old son, Andrew who has special needs. For years, we would try to allow him to play on regular teams, however, he would become overwhelmed, which would cause meltdowns when he could not do the activities other children were able to do.