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Special Olympics celebrates EKS Day
25 September 2012
Special Olympics celebrates EKS Day

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, to be remembered with a day of sports and inclusion

Special Olympics Québec and its 5,000 athletes celebrated, on Saturday, September 22, the 3rd annual global EKS Day,a worldwide celebration in memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics movement and a leading international advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.

EKS Day is a global call challenging everyone to “Play Unified to Live Unified” because Mrs. Shriver taught us that on the playing field, we forget about our differences and recognize our mutual humanity.  Across the globe, people demonstrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s long-lasting vision by calling upon athletes, families and friends to come together in a day of inclusive sport and play.

The Québec chapter of Special Olympics, affiliated to the international movement for more than 30 years, celebrated the legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver on September 22, with a friendly soccer match between coaches and athletes, within the soccer Provincial Championship held in Saint-Jérôme.

As was the case for Mrs. Kennedy Shriver’s commitment to special athletes, Special Olympics Québec hopes that this activity allowed all the participants to experience a positive and developmental sports experience.

About Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day is an annual celebration of her life and a global call challenging everyone to “Play Unified to Live Unified”. As founder and honorary chairperson of Special Olympics and executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a leader in the worldwide struggle to improve and enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities for more than five decades. Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s actions helped open the minds of all people to the gifts and talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities. She believed in their possibilities, which fuel hope in all of us to make a difference. Eunice Kennedy Shriver demonstrated an unrelenting indomitable spirit in action that one person could make a difference and change the world. Visit www.eksday.org and www.eunicekennedyshriver.org to learn more.


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