A Brief Look at the Formation of the Special Olympics


Longtime advocates for disabled individuals, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates has given to organizations that serve those with physical and mental impairments and it has also hired disabled individuals at its mortgage banking law firm. Employees of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates have chosen several worthy charities for their own philanthropic campaigns, many of which help the disabled. One of these, the Special Olympics, owes its existence to the combined efforts of Anne McGlone Burke, who conceived of an athletic competition for individuals with disabilities, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who, since 1962, had run a summer day camp for disabled children called Camp Shriver.

In the summer of 1968, Burke and Shriver organized the first-ever Special Olympics, offering athletes throughout North America a chance to compete against each other in various events. From there, the Special Olympics expanded to include Winter Games, received official recognition from the U.S. and International Olympic Committees, and grew its presence to 170 countries worldwide. The Special Olympics training includes more than four million participants each year.


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