In the summer of 1962 . . . in the backyard of her suburban home in Washington DC . . . Eunice Kennedy Shriver opened a summer camp for young people with intellectual disabilities.
The goal of the camp was to explore the children’s skills in a variety of sports and physical activities.
One of the most important aspects of Camp Shriver was Eunice’s insistence there be an interaction between children with special needs and typical children.
What began as one woman’s vision evolved into Special Olympics International — a global movement that today serves more than 4 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 countries.
And we are forever grateful.