The Special Olympics
What are the Special Olympics?
- The Special Olympics were created and founded by a Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968
- In total there are 4.4 million athletes that participate from 170 countries
- There are events around the world everyday so there can be up to or maybe even more than 70,000 events a year
- Just like the regular Olympics there are both winter and summer events
How do the Special Olympics Affect the Participants?
- Abdel-Raman is a young man from Saudi Arabia, he is partially paralyzed. His talent for swimming did not come naturally or easily. Abdel-Raman's father says it took him a month to hold his breath underwater for three seconds. It took him a year to swim a distance of one meter. He did not give up. Abdel-Raman went on to win gold medals in 25- and 50-meter races at World Summer Games. He is a champion. "I was 14 when I joined the Special Olympics! It's 2015 and i'm still doing Special Olympics. I love the people because the are super nice and fun living", says the Contestant.
How do the Special Olympics Affect the Families?
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