In 1962 Eunice Kennedy Shriver held a summer day camp at her farm in Maryland. Thirty five youngsters with intellectual disabilities and a couple dozen counselors attended. The goal was to focus on the abilities the kids had in sports and other activities as opposed to what they couldn’t accomplish.
Over the years Shriver’s vision grew into what is now known as the Special Olympics. I spent my early years working in physical therapy and therapeutic recreation. I worked eight years in the medical field. My most memorable was volunteering with the Special Olympics.
When the Special Olympics 2015 came to Los Angeles I had to be part of it. I enjoyed taking my kids to the Opening Ceremony. It was a sea of love and happiness. The athletes were so inspiring and the heartfelt support from their family members and friends felt as warm as comfort food on a winter night.
If you live in Los Angeles, I urge you to get out and support the amazing athletes and their tremendous effort of hard work, training and courage. Join the expected 500,000 spectators and catch a local event. Events are FREE of charge to attend. View sporting schedule HERE.
We enjoyed spending a day on the pitch watching soccer. We saw Nigeria vs. South Africa, USA vs Luxembourg, and Romania vs. Germany. The volunteers were very helpful, the fans were outstanding, and the athletes were unbelievable!!! During the 2015 Special Olympic World Games over 170 nations will be represented. Over 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches are expected to participate. Come out and cheer them on!
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”-Special Olympics Motto