Namibia: Celebrating Special Olympics

Windhoek — Special Olympics Namibia and the Katutura Football for Hope Centre commemorated and celebrated the lives of all people with intellectual disabilities, a legacy that Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who is the founder, left for the world to honour.

The day was a good platform for launching and the signing of a proclamation by the five new Special Olympics Namibian ambassadors of change who took an oath in front of 300 people to be part of the movement. It was a fun and memorable day as it was filled with soccer tournaments, tug of war, the spider web game, slippery slide, jumping castles and other exciting activities.

The festivities were also graced by some booming performances from Namibia’s own celebrity and new agent of change Sunny Boy. The audience also had an opportunity to watch a video of Eunice Kennedy Shriver when she delivered a speech at the first International Special Olympics Games held in Chicago, Illinois.

People with intellectual disabilities have been neglected and discriminated against previously – only the birth of Special Olympics opened opportunities for this vulnerable population.

Today, people with intellectual disabilities are able to participate in sport, and have access to education and other services that they were previously denied.

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