It was fifty years ago today- July 20, 1968- the first Special Olympics was held at Soldier Field in Chicago. The event was organized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver the wife of Sargent Shriver and sister of President John Kennedy. It was a one day event which had 1000 developmentally disabled American and Canadian children completing.
There are now Summer and Winter Special Olympic Games- and there are year round competitions in 172 different countries involving 5 million athletes. It sure has grown in the course of 50 years. Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away in 2009.