Friday, July 27, 2012

The Special Olympics

Today is the start of the Olympics. I’ll admit, I’m not really a fan of the Olympics, but if I find it on I’ll probably watch some of it. If anything though, I am on team USA. I have a question though. Has anyone heard of the Special Olympics? I’ll admit that I had no idea until I met a friend that has been in the Special Olympics. That was three years ago, now?

The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and Olympic-type sports for people with disabilities. It was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the early 1960s. She had noticed how people with intellectual disabilities were treated unfairly and how many children with disabilities did not have a place to play. Therefore, she had decided to take action. It started as a summer camp in her backyard to discover what their strengths are and soon became globally known as the Special Olympics.

There are over 32 Olympic-style games. Some include games like: basketball, bowling, cycling, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, and more. Being active in sports plays a very important role for everyone, especially those with disabilities. Well, being active, period, plays an important role for everyone. I’ll say more on that at a later date.

Now, there are many events worldwide and there are many ways to get involved. Here is the link to the official website:

From there, you can see their mission and learn more about the Special Olympics. You can also donate and find out ways to get involved. You can also like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and subscribe to their channel on Youtube.

Here are the links.


Until next time, God Bless.
- MissNiChloe

1 comment :

  1. Hi Chloe,
    I had the unique privilege to work for a Special Olympics event back in 1988. I was a summer intern at a bank that sent a team of employees to help. It was truly inspiring to see the joy and pride on the athletes' faces. Thanks for reminding me.