POSTED: Sunday September 19th 2010

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Legacy Honored Globally On September 25th

In celebration of the life, work and legacy of Special Olympics Flounder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, people across the world will join in the first-ever “Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day” on September 25th.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Legacy Honored Globally On September 25th

Florida, United States - On August 11, 2009, the visionary Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics and champion of all people with intellectual disabilities passed away.  In celebration of her life, work and legacy, Special Olympics Florida and people across the world will join in the first-ever “Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day” on September 25th.

The goals of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day are to honor and celebrate the life of Mrs. Shriver, and to serve as a call to action for people to commit to acts of support, inclusion, and acceptance, by embracing the movement (Special Olympics) she founded in her own backyard, which now serves over 3.5 million athletes in over 170 countries. The day will be celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday of every September.

Special Olympics Florida President Monty Castevens said, “Mrs. Shriver was determined to change the world for people with intellectual disabilities, and she did. On behalf of the 15,000 athletes we serve in Florida, we're inviting all Floridians to carry on her legacy by joining us in celebrating this first annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day."

There are three key components to Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day:

* Play: A day of sports clinics and Unified Sports activities (people with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same team) to commemorate Eunice Kennedy Shriver's belief in building greater equality through organized athletics.
* Build: Dedication of new and renovated athletic facilities in Eunice Kennedy Shriver's honor.
* Join: An online effort to educate people about the Eunice Kennedy Shriver story, the Special Olympics movement and the urgent needs of people with intellectual disabilities around the world, and to solicit their support and involvement through the commitment of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Acts of inclusion and acceptance for and with persons with intellectual disabilities.

For more information, to pledge an act of inclusion or support, or to learn more about Eunice Kennedy Shriver, visit:

About Special Olympics Florida:
Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition to 15,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.

To learn more and become involved, visit

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