Special Olympics: A Short History

Hey friends,

I had a unique and great opportunity to work at the Special Olympics.  Doing events like these, I often feel that I get more reward than the people I get to serve.  After working, I was looking up some parts of the Special Olympics.  Here is what I found.

How It All Began

It all began in the 1950s and early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with intellectual disabilities didn’t even have a place to play. She decided to take action.

Soon, her vision began to take shape, as she held a summer day camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. The goal was to learn what these children could do in sports and other activities – and not dwell on what they could not do… 

Throughout the 1960s, Eunice Kennedy Shriver continued her pioneering work — both as the driving force behind President John F. Kennedy’s White House panel on people with intellectual disabilities and as the director of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. Her vision and drive for justice eventually grew into the Special Olympics movement. 

Read the rest of the post here at the Special Olympics Website.

I just think it is so incredible to see how this all worked out to become such a large success and provide such an incredible opportunity for students who have special needs.

Have a great night!



Christian, Lover of History, Aspiring Teacher

Posted in Stories Of Events

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