Special Olympics Arkansas Area 12 will celebrate 5th Global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day on Saturday giving key chains and bracelets to the first 500 spectators who pass through the gates at the University of Arkansas at Monticello football game. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day is held annually in memory of Mrs. Shriver, founder of Special Olympics and a leading advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Arkansas Area 12 directors Ked Donham and Tierra Stewart will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions about getting involved in Special Olympics Arkansas whether you are an athlete, coach, family member or volunteer.
Special Olympics Arkansas Area 12 includes Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, and Drew counties in southeast Arkansas.
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, Speak Unified, and Live Unified. This invitation stems from Mrs. Shriver’s teaching that on the playing field, we forget about our differences and recognize our mutual humanity.
On EKS Day, we invite you to join us in playing unified and teaching the world to live unified. As founder 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. Her lasting legacy must be our continued 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, and are often neglected and hidden away. Visit eksday.org and eunicekennedyshriver.org to learn more.
About Special Olympics Arkansas
Special Olympics Arkansas supports 14,000 athletes across the state that compete and train year-round in 20 different Olympic-type sports. In addition to their 240 competitions throughout the state, Special Olympics offers programming in education and health and wellness. For more information about Special Olympics Arkansas, visit specialolympicsarkansas.org.
The vision of Special Olympics Arkansas is to transform communities by changing lives through sports.