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27 February 2019

Oath of athletes of Special Olympics Hungary

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”, says the oath uttered by the Special Olympics athletes in the Mirror Hall of the Sándor Palace. The 15th Special Olympic Games will begin shortly offering our peers living with intellectual disabilities unforgettable opportunities to experience success, gleaming medals and recognition confirming that the arduous struggle is worth it, and that it makes sense to set ambitious targets for ourselves. The noble initiative, the movement of Special Olympics was launched in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, one of the eight siblings of the late American president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. They had a sibling living with intellectual disabilities, making her siblings, especially Eunice, very much aware. Since then, thousands of people have stood on the podium, and have become enriched by immeasurable experience during the summer world games organised every fourth year. These are competitions, where everyone is a winner, including the athletes, their families and indirectly the entire society. Regular physical exercise develops the abilities of our athletes living with intellectual disabilities, while helping their individual career paths. We may not be able to fully understand the kind of reinforcement and reward the Special Olympics offer them.