Special Olympics 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 disabilities. She saw that people with disabilities were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts thought. Since 1968, millions of children and adults with disabilities 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.

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