The Olympic Torch has arrived to Newark NJ,just in time for the Opening Ceremony on Sunday.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver,it is the largest sports organization in the world for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Special Olympics is a movement of sports training and athletic competition for those that have intellectual disabilities. Shriver believed that people with intellectual disabilities deserve the same opportunities and experiences as others.
No matter what the disability, a person still has a talent, a skill, and a gift given to him or her by God to share with the world when encouraged doing so.
Using sports as a display of abilities brings about respect, acceptance and inclusion. Persons with disabilities benefit by seeing in themselves that they too have talents and it helps them to feel better about themselves. It also serves as a teaching tool to those who may have thought that disabled people were useless until they were afforded the opportunities to witness their grand performances.
But in the Christian Olympics, there are no differences between those that are disabled and those that are not.We are all in one big competition together.