A “Special” Olympic Game

Posted: October 15, 2007 in inspiring stories

If you are not aware the special Olympics just ended in Shanghai China. Before this years games I personally couldn’t tell the difference between Paralympics and the special Olympics.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics, which like the regular Olympics takes place every four years, provides people with intellectual disabilities the chance to realize their potential and develop physical fitness.

The paralympics are different because only athlete with physical disabilities participate.

Building bridges

According to the organization’s official information, the vision of these Olympics is to “embrace the diversity of all individuals’ abilities worldwide and celebrate all differences. Through these World Games, Special Olympics athletes transcend the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion. It is the common pursuit of achievement, the shared moment of victory, which brings even the most diverse people together.”

This year’s games drew an estimated 10,000 people to China’s largest city. While the number of athletes competing totaled 7,291 – competitors ranged in age from eight to 69 – delegations also included coaches, specialists, volunteers and family members from 160 countries.

Hope and dreams

Today, Tim Shriver, is the chairman of the Special Olympics movement, and son of its founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The late US President J. F. Kennedy is his uncle. When he famously said “dont think what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” Eunice Shriver listened and went out to found the special olympics. She has given which was once a forgotten group opportunity, hope and joy of sports.

I watched pictures from the game and they were good.

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