Katelyn Oliver and Erin Murphy have a great time while taking part in the Special Olympics BC - Vernon Club Fit program.

Special Olympics honours Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver believed in a world that was inclusive and respectful and Special Olympics embodies her beliefs

On Saturday, Special Olympics BC and people around the world will celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s inspirational spirit and her vision for a more inclusive, respectful world in the fourth annual EKS Day.

Special Olympics BC – Vernon is inviting everyone to join in at Polson Park on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and experience the Special Olympics spirit of joy, inclusion, and empowerment through sport.

“Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a leader in the worldwide struggle to improve and enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities for more than five decades,” said Britta Gretzmacher, a volunteer with SO Vernon. “Her lasting legacy must be our continued commitment to improve and transform the lives of the people in our community with intellectual disabilities who still live with diminished opportunities and social disrespect. Sport gives them the tools to change, to be active and a social belonging.”

Individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities who might not yet be involved as athletes will have opportunities to try out some of the great sports on offer in Special Olympics; families can find out more about the fun and welcoming SOBC youth programs; community members looking to volunteer can find out more about the inspiring and empowering world of Special Olympics; drop-ins are welcome and athletic attire is recommended. Drinks and snacks are provided and there will be some surprise give-aways.

To register or for more information about SOBC-Vernon please go to the website at www.sobcvernon.ca or call Leslie Thornley, SOBC manager, Community Development, at 250-317-1272 or e-mail to Lthornley@specialolympics.bc.ca


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