Camp Shriver Activity " The beginning of the Mouvement".


    ------ When people speak of the origin of Special Olympics, they look no further than the first Camp Shriver -- founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the early 1960s. They talk of one woman's dream that started in her own backyard. They speak of her vision: how through sports, the lives of people with intellectual disabilities would be transformed and public perceptions would be changed forever.



Back in 1960, a woman from Bethesda, Md. called up Eunice and told her that she was having trouble finding a summer camp for her child with intellectual disability. The child wouldn't be accepted into a mainstream camp, and, at that time, the public education system couldn't figure out what to do with special-needs children never mind supply them with summer activities. Then another woman told her almost the same thing.

"Enough," said Eunice.

In Eunice's world, "enough" has always meant "do something about it."

Thus was born Camp Shriver, which she started at her Maryland farm, Timberlawn. Eunice asked special schools and clinics in her area to provide names of special-needs children who might be interested. Then she recruited high school and college students to act as counselors. It was almost a one-on-one situation--34 children, 26 counselors.

To almost everyone's surprise--the exception being Eunice--it was an instant success. The children swam, kicked soccer balls, shot baskets and rode horses under the summer sun. Perhaps most importantly, the young counselors, wary at first, began to see, as Eunice already had, that these children were not "difficult," "unteachable," "belligerent" and all those other stereotypes that had been ascribed to them. They merely wanted to have fun ... just like every other kid.

As the camp continued and flourished, people from the community came out to watch, and they were followed by representatives of the parks department and public-school system. "That's when it really began to catch on," Eunice said.

One of the most important aspects of Camp Shriver was Eunice's insistence there be an interaction between children with special needs and typical children. One of the latter was Tim, her son, just three years old when the camp began. Tim was paired with a young boy with intellectual disabilities named Wendell. They swam together, ate together, ran together and sometimes got in trouble together.

"The thing about Camp Shriver was that it was fun," says Tim. "That's what my parents are good at it--making important things fun."

As the number of campers grew over the years, reaching about 100, so did the number of counselors. Special-needs grow and thrive with attention, and at Camp Shriver there were never kids moping around alone. They were engaged. "My mother always believed that one-on-one relationships can change people's lives," says Maria Shriver.

Camp Shriver continued for four years, up to the point when something grander and more far-reaching replaced it. But it was an important first step.

Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.


Special Olympics announces creation of five "day camps" , throughout the Country that will serve 300 athletes with intellectual disabilities, named after thye late founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. And June 2010, Special Olympics Haiti rebuilds through Camp Shriver.



PetionVille, Haiti -- June 24,2010 -- Special Olympics Chairmain & CEO TIM Shriver and Special Olympics Haiti National Director Jean Chevalier Sanon announce the laungh of camp Shriver in five cities across  Haiti. The day Camps---named after the founder of Special Olympics, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver---will run for four weeks starting July 5. Participing cities named during this morning 's press conference at Jardin Chez Gerard Restaurant are PetionVille,Carrefour, Jacmel, Les Cayes and Cape Haitian.


An estimated 300 athletes with intellectual disabilities will participate in five sports over a four-week period this summer . Athletes will receive food, T-Shrirts and sporting equipment. Post Camp Shriver ,a ll sports materials and equipment will be donated to Haitian schools to help sustain a strong special Olympics Haiti Program in the wake of January's devastating earthquake.  


"The great part about these day camps is that they will provide the catalyst to launch a long-term strategy to worki with the 10 school districts wihn Haiti,repicating a formula that is proven around the world". Said Tim Shriver . "Based on the Succes of Camp Shriver in Haiti,we can expand Special Olympics to 6,000 Haitian Children  within five years ;and begin to hire a small staff to drive all of the important sport and health  initiatives. These are the critical first steps in laying the foundation to ensure Special Olympics haiti trives and is rebuilt stronger than ever."

Special Olympics  Haiti will advocated for extending sports facilities throughout the country in order to facilitate a larger participation of athletes. In addition , the Program will Organize local and national competitions, as well as send a delegation to the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece.


" Special Olympics  Had  a Presence here for may years Prior to the earthquake and was considered one of predominant vehicules, by the Ministry of Education ans sports,to promote the inclusion of sports into the Specialized Haitian School system," Said Jean Chevalier Sanon/ " Now is the perfect time to rebuilt and reintroduce the power of sport to a country that needs to rally around its peaople . As this new day dawns, Special Olympics haiti will stive to be  a showcase pf tolerance , acceptance and human dignity and show the world what can be accomploished through the common ties of athletes and a strong vision for the future. 

Funding Camp Shriver in Haiti was Provided ,in part, by generous donations from Special Olympics Programs around the globle and individuals from as far away as Botswana. The Australia High Commission helped purchase equipment for the Camps and further funding sources are being explored through USAID.

Camp Shriver is...

For boys and girls, ages 8‐12, entering grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the fall

FREE (after a $25 registration fee)

Includes FREE breakfast, lunch, snacks, and camp gear

Includes FREE transportation from designated pick-up/drop-off sites in several area communities

Provides sports instruction in soccer, swimming, basketball, and more

Inclusive: 50% of campers are children with a disability and 50% are children without a disability.

Years               Departement/ Cities            Effective          Girls              Boys                   Age categories

2010                 - Nord ( Cape Haitian )
(Five camps)     - Sud- Est ( Jacmel )                  ( 300                       120               170                 8- 20 years old
                          - Ouest    ( P.a.P )                        60/Camps )

                           -Sud       ( Cayes)



2011                    - Ouest ( PetionVille)
 ( Five Camps)    - Nippes 
                           - Nord ( Cape Haitian)

                           - Nord-Est ( Ouanaminthe)        238                 122              216                     8 - 21 years old

                            - Sud          (  Cayes)



2012                 - Centre ( Maissade)
                         - Ouest ( Carrefour)
                         - Nord Ouest ( Port-de-Paix )       257                119              138                     6 - 21 years old
                         - Ouest (Lilavois )


2013                 - Ouest ( Delmas)
                         - Sud   ( Cayes )
                          - Grand'Anse ( Jeremie )
                         -  Nord-Ouest (Port-de-Paix )       330                 142            187                       3 - 32 years old
                        - Artibonite ( Gonaives) 

2014                 - Ouest ( Delmas) 
                         - Centre ( Mirebalais )                192                  112               80                        6- 22 years old
                         - Grand-Anse ( Jeremie)        



Eunice kennedy Shriver


Jean CHevalier Sanon


Tim Shriver




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