History of the Special Olympics

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In June 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual difficulties. This was held at her home in Maryland and was used to explore their capabilities. By using Camp Shriver as an example, Eunice promoted the concept of people with learning difficulties getting involved in physical activities and then to compete against each other in these disciplines.

These camps then led to the first international Special Olympic summer games being held in Chicago, USA ...

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