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The Special Olympics On July 20, 1968, the first ever Special Olympics were held a Soldier Field in Chicago. The event was jointly put on by the Kennedy Foundation and the Chicago Park District. Later that year, Senator Edward Kennedy officially announced the formation of Special Olympics which was born out of the Kennedy Foundation, originally named the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation which was established in 1946 with the goals of doing good works and later focused on how society cares for people with intellectual disabilities.
54 years later, The Special Olympics will come to Walt Disney World. On Friday, August 9, The Walt Disney Company announced that the 2022 Special Olympics would be coming to Walt Disney World. The event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Florida and will take place June 5 through June 12.
Hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, this unique and independence building competition is steeped in tradition. The games and the organization embody the notion “That every person has the capacity to be an Olympian, and that human greatness is defined more by the spirit than the body”.
For the first time in the history of Special Olympics, athletes helped to create the logo for the 2022 USA Games.
The event will include more than 4,000 athletes, 1,500 coaches and 10,000 volunteers from all over the United States.
Disney has a rich history with Special Olympics and there are actually Special Olympics Florida events that are held each year at Disney that include, the Florida State Summer Games, the Florida State Fall Classic and the Florida State Golf Championships.
Additionally, The Walt Disney Company supports Special Olympics with sponsorships and in-kind and also supports with Castmember volunteers for events.
If you are interested in volunteering for Special Olympics visit their website HERE!
If you or someone you know would like to participate, contact Cathe Schreck at 720.544.8150.
For even more information on Special Olympics or to make an in-kind donation to the organization click HERE!
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