Eunice Kennedy Shriver created Camp Shriver, a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities at her own farm, Timberlawn, in Maryland.
Here is a slideshow of Camp Shriver
First International Special Olypmics Summer Games
They are held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois here in the USA. About 1,000 athletes from 26 states, even Canada arrived to compete. Rafer Johnson took 40 athletes and coaches from California that year.
Here is a slideshow of the First Summer Games
Established as Nonprofit Organization
The Special Olympics was founded as a nonprofit charitable organization.
Annual Western Special Olympics
The first Annual Western Regional Special Olympics were at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Over 750 athletes from 20 counties competed. Rafer Johnson, an Olympic Gold Medalist, co-founded the California chapter.
That is a picture of Rafer Johnson
Floor Hockey Added
Floor Hockey is the first team sport added to the Special Olympics.
Special Olympics Name
The U.S. Olympic Committee gave the Special Olympics permission to use the term "Olympics", and is now one of two organizations in the U.S. to use it.
Fourth International Special Olympic Summer Games
They are broadcasted nationwide on CBS "Sport Spectacular"
First International Winter Games
Are held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and 500 plus athletes compete. CBS, ABC, and NBC broadcast the games.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon starts the campaign for Special Olympics awareness, raising 30 million every year.
California Special Olympics trains for the first time.
First California Statewide Competition
The basketball championship held in LA was the first competition held outside the Summer and Winter games.
Torch Run for California
First Law Enforcement Torch run for the California Special Olympics
Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine
Both cover the Seventh International Special Olympics Summer Games
Ride Across America
California Special Olympics athletes and coaches ride bicycles from Newport Beach, CA to Jacksonville Beach, FL to raise awareness. It's called Ride Across America: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.
Endorsing the Special Olympics
The International Olympic Committee officially endorses and recognizes the Special Olympics