|In this photo US Ambassador Nicole A Avant|
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Special Olympics-Bahamas and more than 150 Special Olympic athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters came together on Saturday to honor the founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, through an afternoon of games and dancing on the front lawn at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador, Nicole A. Avant.
U.S. Ambassador Nicole A. Avant is a long time supporter of Special Olympics and Best Buddies because she believes both organizations are committed to expanding the possibilities of people with intellectual disabilities, which fuels hope in all of us to make a difference. “I’m so proud that I have the opportunity to honor Shriver’s legacy by recreating a mini ‘Camp Shriver’ on my front lawn,” she said. “The Special Olympics’ annual EKS Day teaches us that differences are to be celebrated and appreciated and that every individual is entitled to dignity.”
Small Steps, Great Strides
On the 40th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, Sports Illustrated presents its first Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award to the movement's founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who has used athletics to change the world for people with intellectual disabilities
Photo 2: Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Honorable Larry Cartwright; U.S. Ambassador to Nassau, The Bahamas, Nicole A. Avant; Mr. Theodore Sarandos; Ms. Anita Moncur; Miss. Eunice Shriver; Miss Francesca Shriver; Special Olympic, National Chairman, Mr. Basil Christie. (Photo taken by Courtney Hamm)
Photo 3: Special Olympics- Bahamas Athletes. (Photo taken by Courtney Hamm)
Photo 4: Miss Francesca Shriver and Miss Eunice Shriver with Special Olympic Athlete, Mr. Keith Rolle. (Photo taken by Courtney Hamm)
Are you looking for a way to play sports, be inspired or have an impact in your community? Special Olympics Programs change lives and bring people together. Join the fun – be a part of our global community of athletes and fans.This past March, high school and college students in the United States took the lead on "Spread the Word to End the Word," a grass-roots effort to raise awareness of the impact of the thoughtless, hurtful use of the word "retard."
That's just one way that Special Olympics works to create a more accepting and inclusive world for everyone.
Sports Leads The Way A unique nonprofit sports organization, Special Olympics is at the forefront of a global movement with the power to change the world, but also a powerful and life-changing personal journey for all who participate. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Every day, people are involved with Special Olympics in more than 180 countries are helping us achieve this vision – and are finding joy, welcome and transformation in the process. 365 days a year, in every corner of the world, athletes, coaches, volunteers and youth leaders are finding that Special Olympics inspires them to be their best.
Like athlete Florence Nabayinda from Uganda. “Because of Special Olympics, I am now somebody,” she says. Abandoned at birth and discarded as trash, Special Olympics empowered her to achieve. Now she is an accomplished marathoner, a valued employee and an accepted member of her community.
Like Special Olympics coach and former Olympic athlete Cindi Hart from Indiana, USA, who knows a personal reward far greater than her own Olympics performance when she sees her athletes excel.
Like Schools and Youth participant Soeren Palumbo from Illinois, USA, a college freshman who is now a student leader and a champion for the acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities and the dignity they deserve.
And like volunteer doctor Melina Willems of Belgium, who saw the dignity of Special Olympics athletes first-hand through her work with Healthy Athletes. Now she devotes a portion of her practice to clients with intellectual disabilities, and teaches and conducts research in the field.
Special Olympics inspired all of these people, and it can inspire you, too. Special Olympics is a great way to have fun and give back; but it’s the human connections people make through Special Olympics that truly change their attitudes, open their eyes to new possibilities and transform their lives.
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