Special Olympics

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Several weeks ago I wrote about 1968 being an interesting year.  In 1968 we had the assassinations of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. There were riots throughout our country.  In addition there was the merger of churches that led to the United Methodist and then the merger of the Pilgrim Holiness and Wesleyan Methodists to form the Wesleyan Church.

Today I learned that 1968 was also the founding of the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 5 million athletes and Unified States Sports partners in 172 countries. Special Olympics competitions are held every day, all around the world—including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to more than 100,000 events a year. [Wikipedia]

They are celebrating 50 years this weekend with celebrations in Chicago.  Congratulations.

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