Eunice Kennedy Shriver had one vision — to show the world that people with intellectual disabilities could achieve and thrive in society. Her vision and legacy live on through two organizations — Best Buddies and Special Olympics. With her sons Anthony and Timothy at the helm of each respectively, they are leading the world's largest classrooms for acceptance and inclusion. In their own ways, whether it be through sports, friendship, leadership development or jobs, Best Buddies and Special Olympics are changing the world.
To further ensure that Mrs. Shriver's legacy lives on, Best Buddies and Special Olympics are partnering in 2010 on an event in the nation's capital, the inaugural Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge: a 20-mile ride, run and a walk, which will be held in Washington, DC, Saturday, Oct. 23.
In addition to friends and admirers of Mrs. Shriver, hundreds of Best Buddies participants and Special Olympics athletes are expected to take part in this recreational event that will celebrate Mrs. Shriver's love of sports and friendship. The day's activities will include cycling races, tandem events, a 5K run and a 3K walk. There will also be a youth run designed to engage young people in both movements. The day will conclude with a gourmet family picnic lunch.
Through this event, the two movements will help build more communities of acceptance and inclusion. For more information and to sign up, visit www.ekschallenge.org.