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History

Special Olympics Movement

 

Special Olympics is an international organization that provides sports training and competition opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities with the aim of fostering understanding, acceptance and social inclusion.  Special Olympics, which has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., was started in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of the late US President John F. Kennedy; today it reaches 3.5 million individuals in 180 countries, including Armenia, and is considered among the most respected of the non-profit organizations.

 

In 1988, during the 15th Winter Olympic Games, an agreement was signed between Special Olympics and the International Olympic Committee which granted Special Olympics the honor to use the term OLYMPICS in its title.

 

 

Mission

 

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 


All this contributes to individuals’ heightened self-esteem, self-realization as well as to their social integration and raising of awareness about their abilities and potential.

 

Special Olympics pays special attention to strengthening family-child, child-community relationships which contributes to raised awareness, respect and acceptance.

 



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