Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a summer camp for children and adults with mental disabilities.
The camp was named “Camp Shriver”
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Founder and honorary chairperson of the Special Olympics.
Her goal was to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
How The Shriver Camp Started
In 1960 a women called Eunice Shriver saying she could not find a camp for her child with a mental disorder.
Shriver said”enough” which in her world meant “do something about it”
Thus was born Camp Shriver. Eunice Shriver asked special schools and clinics in her area to provide names of special-needs children who might be interested.
To everyone's surprise with the exception of Eunice Kennedy Shriver the camp was an instant Success
Start of the Special Olympics
Four years later the Shriver Camp started the first annual Special Olympics summer games was held in Chicago, Illinois
Important Moments of The Special Olympics
December 1971 - The U.S Olympic Committer gives Special Olympics official approval as one of only two organizations authorized to use the name “Olympics” in the United States.
Important Moments Cont.
5-11 February 1977- Steamboat Springs, Colorado, host the first International Special Olympics
Important moments cont.
In 1981 the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is Launched.
July 1988-Special Olympics Unified Sports is launched at the annual Special Olympics Conference in Reno, Nevada, and Lake Tahoe, California. Bowling, volleyball and softball are the first sports to be included
First World Winter Games
March 20-27 1992 - The first Special Olympics World Winter Games are held in Austria.
July 1-9 1995 - During the 9th Special Olympics Summer Games many new initiatives make there debut.
2000-2001 -The campaign for Special Olympics sets a goal to increase athlete participation and raise 120 million dollars of the next five years
21-29 June 2003
Ireland host the first Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held outside the United States.
30 October 2004
President George Bush signs the “ Special Olympic Sport and Empowerment Act.
Sports and Events
Sports and Events
35 different team and individual sports offered at the Special O lympics.