Stay tuned later in the week for a post about athletic fashion! Until then…It’s Wednesday again!!! My favorite day!
Today the cause on my mind is Special Olympics. I LOVE when I go to a store and they are asking for donations or have a bucket out for your change to help in some way. These are things we can mindlessly do that add up greatly. While I encourage EVERYONE to get more aggressively involved in a worthy cause by making ongoing contributions or better yet getting your hands dirty with ongoing consistent volunteer work, there is no denying that these forms of passive giving add up to a huge blessing! I stopped at Sheetz last night for gas and went in for some water. They had a bucket for change being collected for Special Olympics..so naturally, I emptied my purse and came home to do a little research.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, believed in justice. But, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, she saw little justice in the way people with intellectual disabilities were treated, so she took action! Special Olympics still strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.
She believed that if people with intellectual disabilities were given the same opportunities and experiences as everyone else, they could accomplish far more than anyone ever thought possible. She started “Camp Shriver” in 1962 in her back yard and from there, it grew into what we know today.
The Special Olympics missions reads:
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
What a beautiful mission and what a way to deeply and meaningfully impact human lives. Special Olympics reaches out to athletes, families, and volunteers in such a profound and personal way. To learn more watch the video below and visit: http://www.specialolympics.org
I encourage you to not think twice about dumping your change in that jar…or making a larger contribution of finances or volunteering!