As Global Ambassador & member of the International Board of Directors, H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco is helping to build around the world more communities of respect, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
"Special Olympics is a Movement that has always been close to my heart as it uses the power of sport to make incredible changes in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities while transforming attitudes around the world"
"We must continue her commitment to improve and transform the lives of the 200 million people worldwide with intellectual disabilities who still live with diminished opportunities and social disrespect, who are often neglected and hidden away"
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, was a tireless advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day) on the 24th of September will be celebrated around the world bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in sport activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. While nearly 4 million Special Olympics athletes and millions of coaches, families, fans and friends live her legacy and lead our movement every day, we unite on EKS Day in over 100 countries and thousands of communities to show the world the power of sport to create opportunities of acceptance.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics provide people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, and demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship.