Camp Shriver

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.

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The goal of the camp was to explore the children’s skills in a variety of sports and physical activities.

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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.

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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.

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And we are forever grateful.

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