Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day


Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, was a pioneer in the worldwide struggle for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.


Mrs. Shriver was recognized throughout the world for her leadership on behalf of persons with intellectual disabilities, and received numerous honors and awards, including: the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Legion of Honor, the Prix de la Couronne Francaise, the Mary Lasker Award, the Philip Murray-William Green Award (presented to Eunice and Sargent Shriver by the AFL-CIO), the Association of Art Museum Directors Humanitarian Award, the National Recreation and Park Association National Volunteer Service Award, the Laetare Medal of the University of Notre Dame and the Order of the Smile of Polish Children.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver believed in justice. But, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, she saw little justice in the way people with intellectual disabilities were treated.

She saw they were excluded and routinely placed in custodial institutions. They were often ignored and neglected, yet she knew they had many talents and gifts to offer.

But in those days, there were limited programs and options for someone like Rosemary.



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Today, our call to action begins with you. We invite you to celebrate this extraordinary woman's legacy, and take part in Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day's Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day is celebrated around the world in an effort to honor her life and impact and share her story to inspire new fans. We hope to inspire people of all ages to follow her example and commit themselves to improving the world for people with intellectual disabilities. Please join the athletes of Special Olympics, the real heroes of this movement that are unifying communities and expanding opportunities around the world. Help them honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Saturday, 26 September.

Haiti, FHAIPH in its activities, together with the Special Olympics Haiti commemorates; celebrate this extraordinary woman's legacy, and take share in Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day's demonstration of inclusion, acceptance and unity. Organizing recreational activities in other schools' sport unifies "about the movement EKS day non deficient children. play together, have fun together. a moment of exchange of shares between them.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver had a sister, Rosemary, who had an intellectual disability. She and Rosemary grew up playing sports together and with their family. The sisters swam, they sailed, they skiied, they played football together.Eunice Kennedy Shriver went on to become an athlete in college. She began to see that sports could be a common ground to unite people from all walks of life.To give ever new life to Eunice Kennedy Shriver's vision, we are calling the athletes, families and friends of Special Olympics to come together in a day of inclusion,a global call to action for people to live in a more unified society -- in sport, in the community and in the work place. and we need your help.