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Special Olympics To mark the Eunice Kenney Shriver Day in Rulindo

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Rwanda Special Olympics will mark the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day July 26th in Rulindo district.

The annual celebrations are intended to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver the founder of Special Olympics who is celebrated around the world, for bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities by using sports. Movement unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports.

The day is regularly celebrated on July 20th but Rwanda Special Olympics has confirmed that they requested International Special Olympics body to mark the day on a later date in Northern Province, Rwanda.

“We shifted the dates because of the ongoing school examinations, to mark the day we shall organize a number of different activities like unified Boccia, tennis, football, Goal ball, athletics, and other sports activities.” Pastor Deus Sangwa, the Board Chairman of Special Olympics Rwanda told this website

Chairman further said they decided to celebrate in  Rulindo district because they want to educate  people, especially the parents not to keep the intellectually disabled children at home but to bring them out so that they can discover their talent on top of engaging with other children.

In 2015, Rwanda sent five represents at the Special Olympics by five athletes in Los Angeles, they participated in athletics, aquatics and the half-marathon. More than 6,500 athletes from 165 nations participated in the biennial games.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John Kennedy exemplifies the difference one person can make in the lives of others, and in the quality of all our lives, she also introduced the games for disabled to become accepted and valued members of their communities.

Special Olympics have programs in nearly 170 countries dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experience.

Last year, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day was celebrated in Kigali, Amahoro Stadium.

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