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Special Olympics celebrating 54 years!

The Special Olympics World Games is a major event put on by the Special Olympics committee. The World Games alternate between summer and winter games, in two-year cycles, recurring every fourth year. The first games were held on July 20, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois, with about 1000 athletes from the U.S. and Canada.


At those first games, honorary event chair Eunice Kennedy Shriver announced the formation of the Special Olympics organization. This is an amazing organization. I remember when I was in high school, I help set-up special Olympics practice one summer. It was very rewarding. Later my family (Michael, Alexander and Colin) and all saw the winter games in LA, CA! It was amazing!


Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities, providing year-round training and activities to 5 million participants and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries.

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