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The World of Special Olympics

Even a much-hyped winter storm in Washington, DC, that shut down much of the nation’s Capital couldn’t deter U.S. Special Olympics and Best Buddies participants and supporters who converged on Capitol Hill yesterday to meet with elected officials, urging continued federal support for programs that enhance the lives of those with intellectual and development disabilities in the areas of health, education and employment.

Throughout the day, Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies ambassadors from 41 states across the country braved the elements and met with their congressional delegations to advocate for services provided by Special Olympics and Best Buddies that transcend the playing field and transform classrooms, workplaces, and communities.

Delegates advocated for support of The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act of 2013, named after the founder of Special Olympics and the lifelong advocate for the rights and abilities of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The legislation, introduced in the…

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Bipartisan Group of Representatives, Senators Introduce the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, bipartisan leaders in both the House and Senate unveiled the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act. This legislation continues the legacy of Mrs. Shriver by reauthorizing the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act, which has supported persons with intellectual disabilities through health, education and global initiatives. This legislation also includes the Best Buddies Empowerment for People with Intellectual Disabilities Act, originally passed by the House in April 2009, to make grants to the Best Buddies organization to expand its programming. Read More…

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