"What a great moment for me, my son, the world. What you have made possible for so many people defies all reason." LOWELL WEICKER, JR.
Former United States Senator
EKS Day 25 September 2010
Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Tim Shriver and Best Buddies Founder and Chairman Anthony Shriver announce an official annual day in honor of their mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, every fourth Saturday in September, starting this year
In conjunction with their efforts on Capitol Hill, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO, Tim Shriver, and Best Buddies Founder and Chairman, Anthony Shriver, have announced an official annual day in honor of their mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, every fourth Saturday in September with the first this September 25, 2010.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) was a trail blazing leader who broke down barriers to improve the lives of millions of persons with intellectual disabilities, their families and communities around the world for over five decades. EKS Day celebrates the vision, commitment and achievements of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the tradition of making a difference that began in her backyard. EKS Day events will honor her inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit and challenge generations to play on by becoming agents of acceptance and action in their communities. The Day will include a series of initiatives that celebrate her legacy, including local sports clinics and seminars, the building of Unity Sports Fields to serve the world's poorest communities, and an online celebration inviting people to teach the Eunice Kennedy Shriver story, share new stories of change, and join Special Olympics' and Best Buddies' call to action for acceptance, skill and dignity.
Following input from all parts of the movement including, Program leaders, Athlete leaders, family leaders, Managing Directors, and the SOI Board of Directors, the selection of the date for Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day focused on the most opportune time to reach young people. The end of September is a time when most of the schools in the world are in session. The date also provides an excellent opportunity to partner with schools the week leading up to EKS Day to take the EKS+ challenge to Playon and to share in the story and lessons of EKS life and impact. Additional factors in the decision included the thorough review of religious holidays, or major national holidays around the world.