began in 1968 when Eunice Kennedy
Shriver organized the First
International Special Olympics
Games at Soldier Field, Chicago,
Illinois, USA. The concept was
born in the early 1960's when
Mrs. Shriver started a day camp
for people with mental
retardation. She saw that people
with mental retardation were far
more capable in sports and
physical activities than many
experts thought. Since 1968,
millions of children and adults
with mental retardation have
participated in Special Olympics.
Around the world there are
accredited Special Olympics
programs in nearly 150 countries.
Special Olympics programs are
continually being developed
around the world.