Looking ahead to the next 50 years and beyond!
When Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968 she took a rebellious stand against the
injustices faced by people with intellectual disabilities. Her solution was simple: give people with
intellectual disabilities a chance to demonstrate their abilities, determination and value through sport.
Fifty years later, Special Olympics has grown from a summer camp held in Mrs. Shriver’s backyard to a
global movement reaching more than five million individuals with intellectual disabilities in 170
Despite this amazing feat, there are two hundred million people with intellectual disabilities who
continue to face an uphill battle for inclusion. The fight against complacency, ignorance and stigma Mrs.
Shriver initiated 50 years ago is still just as critical today. For some, it is a lack of access to healthcare, for
others education, and still others the threat of ongoing discrimination, ridicule, derision and even neglect
We need rebels, heroes, and fighters like you NOW. Join us in INNOVATING health care and sport
opportunities; UNIFYING society by breaking down barriers; and EMPOWERING people with intellectual
disabilities to live their fullest potential. Our athletes are done taking no for an answer. Are you?
Where we’ve been and where we’d like to go:
2018 & Beyond
Learn more about Special Olympics North Carolina:
Training & competition for
people with intellectual
A transformative movement
driven by people with
intellectual disabilities, to
spread joy, courage, and
friendship with the world.