The Legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968, with the first international Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Her son, Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, is currently the Chairman of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Mary Davis currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. The Special Olympics International Board of Directors is comprised of a range of leaders in sports, business, entertainment and government.
Special Olympics Through The Years
Connecticut sends three athletes to the very first Special Olympics Summer Games at Soldier Field in Chicago. A thousand athletes from 26 states and Canada participate and compete in track & field, swimming and floor hockey.
The University of Connecticut hosts the first Connecticut Special Olympics Summer Games with 800 participants.
Connecticut Special Olympics, Inc. is formed with an executive committee. The U.S. Olympic Committee gives Special Olympics official approval as one of the only two organizations authorized to use the name “Olympic” in the United States.
Connecticut sends a team to the first International Special Olympics Winter Games in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. More than 500 athletes compete in skiing and skating events.
Connecticut Special Olympics opens its first state office, led by its first full-time Executive Director.