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Obamas Honorary Chairs of Special Olympics 2015 World Games

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The Special Olympics honor a tradition that started more than fifty years ago with a little creativity, a lot of heart, and a big backyard at Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s house. Today, that simple day camp has grown into one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world for people with intellectual disabilities. Here at the White House, we’re already looking forward to the next games.


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Obamas Honorary Chairs of Special Olympics 2015 World Games

Special World Olympics 2015

The Special Olympics honor a tradition that started more than fifty years ago with a little creativity, a lot of heart, and a big backyard at Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s house.

Today, that simple day camp has grown into one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world for people with intellectual disabilities. Here at the White House, we’re already looking forward to the next games.

Honorary Guests

Honorary Guests

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as the Honorary Chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. California Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will serve as Honorary Hosts for the Games.

Image by Wikimedia Commons

Equal Access

The Obama Administration recognizes the invaluable lessons in discipline, passion, determination and courage that come from participation in sports.

We believe that everyone, regardless of their ability should have equal access to those invaluable lessons provided by participation in sports. Earlier this year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued guidance that clarifies existing legal obligations of schools to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate alongside their peers in after-school athletics and clubs. The guidance makes clear that schools may not exclude students who have an intellectual, developmental, physical, or any other disability from trying out and playing on a team, if they are otherwise qualified.

A Welcome to the Special Olympics World Games


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Reshaping Assumptions

Reshaping Assumptions

Volunteers help Manami Kamizato, center, complete the 30-meter dash while participating in the Kadena Special Olympics at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2010.

Image by Tech. Sgt. Jason Edwards