The Celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day in the Philippines

Connecting people with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics

Ms Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder of the Special Olympics movement which is known worldwide. She championed the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. Every 26th of September her memory is remembered thru a global celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day.


Do the best you can, and then to hell with it!

— Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Athletes competing at Special Olympics
Athletes competing at Special Olympics

Why celebrate EKS Day?

Ms. Janet Froetscher, CEO of Special Olympics gave us a glimpse of how significant an annual global celebration of EKS Day really is:

  • It is a special event to celebrate the legacy of an exceptional and a remarkable woman leader who championed the cause for people with intellectual disabilities globally.
  • More than five decades ago, EKS had envisioned that sports could build confidence and skills especially so for people with intellectual disabilities since they abound with talents and skills that can be honed and developed.
  • Sports can connect people with intellectual disabilities among themselves and with others and therefore can integrate them into society.
  • Special Olympics was borne out of EKS' vision, inspiration, conviction, commitment and hardwork. The rest was history. She made it happen through sports, leadership education, health services, behavioral and policy changes through various formal and informal training.
  • Her legacy lives on everyday through each one of those who remember, honor and celebrate the spirit.

Thus, Ms. Froetscher urged everyone to honor such legacy by joining together in sports, in communities across nations by playing unified- people with and without intellectual disabilities playing on teams together.

Philippines Celebrates EKS Day via Friendship Walk

The SPECIAL OLYMPICS PHILIPPINES NCR SOUTH celebrated the SIXTH GLOBAL EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER DAY through a half-day long program of fun-filled activities. More than 350 people participated and everyone had a wonderful time.

ALPs athletes assisted in organizing the Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day celebration hosted by Special Olympics Philippines NCR South Chapter. They helped in organizing the Unified Friendship Walk that was participated in by special athletes and their families, special guests, sponsors and coaches. Student volunteers from the Psychology Department of Adamson University and Best Buddies likewise assisted in ensuring the success of the event. Kudos to generous sponsors like the SM SothMall, SM Cares, Jollibee and Nestle Phils. which made the event possible.

The day was highlighted by a unified (involving persons with disabilities and those without disabilities) activity capped by the following events Friendship Walk, Dance Wellness Exercise, face painting,signing at the friendship wall and a Talent Portion to showcase the versatile talents of special athletes other than sports.


EKS Day Celebration in Photos - Philippines 2015

Warming up for the event, athletes from the Blessed Luisa family shaking to a zumba number
Warming up for the event, athletes from the Blessed Luisa family shaking to a zumba number
Anton Silos, former Sargent Shriver International Global Messanger,  acting as one of the program's emcees.
Anton Silos, former Sargent Shriver International Global Messanger, acting as one of the program's emcees.
Lance Raymundo proved to be the most effective and total entertainer. He sang, emceed and propped up the audience to the max.
Lance Raymundo proved to be the most effective and total entertainer. He sang, emceed and propped up the audience to the max.
The Friendship Walk as it happened inside the SM Super Mall
The Friendship Walk as it happened inside the SM Super Mall
Participants enjoying the Friendship Walk
Participants enjoying the Friendship Walk
Top shot of the happy crowd
Top shot of the happy crowd
Finger printing portion was equally fun!
Finger printing portion was equally fun!
Talent abounds in this special number by students from Our Lady of Pilar, one ot the participating schools.
Talent abounds in this special number by students from Our Lady of Pilar, one ot the participating schools.
Recognition of winning athletes was in order.
Recognition of winning athletes was in order.
A Friendship Circle fittingly ended the happy event.
A Friendship Circle fittingly ended the happy event.

In your opinion, which part of the EKS program did the attendees enjoy the most?

  • The Friendship Walk
  • The finger printing portion
  • The zoomba dance
  • The special number by various schools
  • All of the above
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How do you wish to participate in the next EKS celebration in your area?

EKS Day is remembered and celebrated all over the world. Yet. it goes beyond the one day celebration. It could be everyday and any day every time you choose to reach out out and give love. Persons with disabilities matter as they bring pure happiness to this world. And, hopefully, they matter to you. How do you wish to make your noble intention of spreading the EKS spirit become real and more tangible in your own unique way? Make suggestions and make them count in the comments field below.

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soulfairy 11 months ago from Paranaque City

Hi Lory!! Firstly, thank you so much for sharing and putting this all together .Your commitment to create this inspiring article on SOP NCR South’s celebration of EKS Day speaks volumes about your true nature and contribution to make a better world and better life for everyone.

One Person Can Make A Difference in Life! Our Actions Can Have A Huge Impact on People`s Lives! We are not defined by just our words, but most importantly our Actions. It’s action that makes the shift. With Mrs. Shriver pioneering spirit, she made a difference in the lives of the athletes, their families, volunteers .She was a mover and shaker. Athletes are lucky and blessed to have a platform such as Special Olympics to shine.

Thank-you, Mrs. Eunice Shriver for your life’s work, you have changed the lives of so many athletes and their families thru the power of sports. Your light will continue to shine in the athletes. Special Olympics athletes are ambassadors for peace and love.

Lastly, get involved, Volunteer and Be a fan of unity, inclusion,, acceptance, empowerment and let’s keep EKS Legacy alive . Come and pledge this anti-bullying movement to eliminate the use of the r-word! Let’s all shine together!!

Again,Lory, thank –you for making a difference and to the athletes who continue to inspire me …


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LoryRich 11 months ago Author

You are welcome soulfairy. Let the legacy of EKS go on and on.

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