Tim Shriver remembers how Special Olympics began. He was about 5 years old -- and the event happened in his backyard (then called Camp Shriver). His mother and Special Olympics founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, organized games like pony rides, ropes courses, kickball, capture the flag and swimming races. Even then he knew there was something more to these games than just fun. They were about challenge, education and, most importantly, inclusion. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the International Special Olympics Games, which were held on July 20, 1968, in Chicago.
To commemorate the occasion, ESPN will present 50 original features that will run weekly on SportsCenter for the next year. Each story will showcase an athlete, coach or parent, among others, who is making -- or has made -- a profound difference within Special Olympics over the years, a true game changer. See the schedule and aired features below. Please also Sign the Inclusion Pledge to include people with intellectual disabilities.
How to Watch
This month, look for features on the following Special Olympics game changers live on SportsCenter on ESPN from 8 to 10 a.m. The schedule is subject to change. Once the features have aired, they will be available below.
Gerald Mballe, Aug. 22, 2018:
Jamaal Charles, Aug. 29, 2018:
The will and determination of Danielle Liebl: Danielle Liebl defies the odds every day, after being told she would never walk again without assistance. Watch
Kennedys' family connection to the Special Olympics: The relationship between Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her sister Rosemary Kennedy was the root of the entire Special Olympics movement. Watch
Sign the Pledge
Sign the Inclusion Pledge and choose to include: The first Special Olympics Games debuted in the summer of 1968, and now 50 years later, we encourage you to #ChooseToInclude people with intellectual disabilities. Sign here.