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Basketball-Special Olympics

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The Special Olympics movement was started in 1962 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who wanted to give children with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to play and be involved in sport.  She knew that to participation in sport could build confidence, restore pride, and open doors to a more hopeful future. 

Basketball-Special Olympics Facts

  • 4 million Special Olympians world wide
  • Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968
  • Vancouver hosted the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games

Special Olympics has grown to involve more than four million people in 170 countries.  Programs in various sports exist at the community level, right up to the Special Olympics World Games, which is held every two years.

Basketball for Special Olympians will be included in the BC Winter Games for the second time in 2016.  This event will feature athletes ages 14-45 who will compete representing their home zone.

Special Olympics BC provides year-round, high-quality sports programs and competitions for more than 4,100 athletes in 55 communities around the province, with the vital assistance of more than 3,200 trained and dedicated volunteers.

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