Celebrating Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary

Celebrating Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary


♪ energetic music ♪ Eunice Kennedy Shriver
founded Special Olympics with the belief she could
change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities
through the power of sport. That little vision that
she had started in 1968 in Chicago in Soldier Field. My mother
grew up in an era where there was nothing
for people with special needs. She was an extraordinary,
tough change-agent. With an extraordinary faith in the dignity of every
human being. Special Olympics is
something really special to me. It’s actually where I made
my first few friends. It has given me confidence
and more independence as well. I’m very proud of
the role my dad played, a guy who was in the
Knights of Columbus and who had understood that
the volunteer spirit can produce the change in
society we aspire to build. The Knights of Columbus
have been involved with Special Olympics
for decades now. They are
tremendous partners. They do it from
their hearts. Special Olympics gives
them an opportunity to explore things that
they can be good at. And to feel that
courage and that success. ♪ energetic music ♪ Since the first
World Games since 1968, Special Olympics has
been able to count on the Knights of Columbus. We help make those
games a great success. Our relationship
remains strong. And for these efforts, the
Knights of Columbus was honored as a founding
champion of the World Games. I think the secret is
giving the platform to the individual, to the team. And to make sure that
the world sees that their story, is a powerful
transformative story just like everybody else’s. I was a 1968 special
Olympian, It helped me in life and I’m
proud to come back. Thanks to Special Olympics
giving me the opportunity I can call
myself an athlete. I learned that nothing is
impossible. That’s what Special Olympics has
taught me. In fact that is my motto, nothing is impossible.

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