Haitians compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi

Special Olympics is the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event and a global movement which focuses on the empowerment of People of Determination with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport.

The Special Olympics was started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister to President John F. Kennedy in 1968. Eunice and her husband Sargent first started as a summer day camp in the backyard of their home in Maryland. Having had a sister who had an intellectual disability Eunice was determined to change how the world treated or ignored those who had intellectual disabilities.

The Special Olympics World Games 2019 is being hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates March 2019 for the first time in the Middle East North Africa since the movement’s founding over 50 years ago. There are a total of 16 Haitians participating in this years games in Athletics, Equestrian and of course Football (soccer).

The athletes will be competing and representing Haiti March 15-March 20. You can follow them on social media @specialolympicshaiti or on the web at http://www.specialolympicshaiti.org

Overloader Mabel Gilles in UAE with the Special Olympics team.

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