This Saturday, which is a red-letter day for Special Olympics, a community celebration is being held at Willoughby Community Park, next to the Langley Events Centre.
On Sept. 22 people around the world will celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver's vision for a more inclusive, respectful world during the third annual EKS Day.
Special Olympics programs and communities worldwide are hosting events full of inclusive sport and play to honour Shriver's legacy.
At Willoughby park's east turf field, Special Olympics BC (SOBC) has organized a free sports day that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Members of the Trinity Western men's hockey team and the Abbotsford Heat Street Team will help SOBC celebrate and share in the spirit of Special Olympics.
The day is for everyone, including:
. people with intellectual disabilities who might not yet be involved as athletes. They will have opportunities to try out some of the sports on offer in Special Olympics;
. children with intellectual disabilities and their families who want to find out more about SOBC youth programs;
. community members looking to volunteer. Potential volunteers can find out why SOBC curling coach Mike says he feels he's "become a better person through being involved with SOBC- [because of] the things I've learned from the athletes - the kindness they show to each other, and how they conduct themselves in the community"; and
. everyone who wants to join in or cheer on the sports, and have fun meeting local Special Olympics athletes.
As well, there will be snacks and prizes to be won.
Those who register in advance will be entered in a draw for a signed Vancouver Canucks' stick.
Register with Cari Henri at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her at 604-737-3082.
EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER
As founder and honorary chairperson of Special Olympics and executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John Kennedy was a leader in the worldwide struggle to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS BC
Special Olympics BC provides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences.
In 55 communities around the province, SOBC provide year-round training and competitive opportunities in 18 different sports to more than 3,900 athletes of all ages and abilities, thanks to the dedication of over 2,600 volunteers.