For nearly 50 years, Special Olympics Wisconsin has been creating more accepting communities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID).
Familiar with Special Olympics as they may be, most Milwaukeeans probably don’t realize the city’s proximity to the genesis of what is now a worldwide movement that includes more than 5 million athletes in 172 countries.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics and sister of President John F. Kennedy, initiated the movement when she held the first Special Olympics International Summer Games at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 20, 1968.
Kennedy Shriver’s sister Rosemary lived most of her life at St. Coletta of Wisconsin in Jefferson and her life with an intellectual disability is often credited as inspiring the creation of Special Olympics. The first Wisconsin state event took place in West Allis in 1969, just a year after those first fateful Special Olympics Games in Chicago.
Now, Special Olympics is a full-scale Inclusion Revolution.
With your support, we are paving the way for a more inclusive society where individuals with ID are accepted, valued and empowered members of their communities. Together, we are creating an #InclusionRevolution.