Hammond, LA - Governor of the State of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal has proclaimed September 25, 2010 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day in Louisiana. This worldwide day of remembrance is in memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics movement, long-time supporter of Best Buddies International, and leading international advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities . In 2008, awarding her the first “Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award,” Sports Illustrated called her “…one of those revolutionaries who saw opportunity where others saw barriers, someone who started a movement and changed a world.”
“For more than half a century, until her passing in 2009, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was an indomitable champion for those among us who have been neglected and ignored for too long. Her love for all people, her belief in justice and her relentlessly energetic pursuit of a better life for people with intellectual disabilities serves as an example for all of us. For that reason, we are proud to participate in honoring her memory in a way she would have enjoyed: a day of sports and fun.” says Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have committed to perform Eunice Kennedy Shriver Acts of inclusion and acceptance for and with persons with intellectual disabilities. Acts such as inviting them to lunch, volunteering in a special education classroom or vocational center, conducting an awareness campaign at your corporation or school, becoming a coach for Special Olympics, offering support to a parent of child with intellectual disabilities. All are Acts which contribute to furthering Eunice Kennedy Shriver's legacy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day will be commemorated with a number of activities involving both people with and without intellectual disabilities. People are encouraged to learn more about Special Olympics and Eunice Kennedy Shriver by telling a friend about Special Olympics, research information about the Special Olympics movement on the internet, talk about Special Olympics and Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Social Media sites. Individuals and families who have no prior involvement with Special Olympics or Best Buddies are urged to participate. Join us in celebrating the first annual Global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day. For more information, call 1-800-345-66444 or visit www.eksday.org.
Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. SOLA offers year-round programs for 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 12,000 volunteers. We have health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, please visit www.laso.org.