- Published on 10 March 2015
Family Leadership & Support:
Through Special Olympics, more than 1 million athletes — and their families — are discovering that a bright future lies ahead. Special Olympics Family Leadership and Support brings your family a variety of ways you can become more supported, connected, honored & knowledgeable.
"I have new heroes and they are the parents of persons with intellectual disabilities. They demanded that their children be treated like other children.
They said, my children are of value. In 10 or 15 years, we are going to have millions of athletes in Special Olympics around the world and the parents are going to say to everybody, 'We won.'"
— Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder and Honorary Chair, Special Olympics "Family is important to the athlete to make him or her stronger. They are the engine of Special Olympics and as more families become involved, more involved will be the athlete. It is important that families be present at all events to provide encouragement and share the joy."