SOTX to Celebrate Seventh Annual Global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics to be remembered with competition events and inclusion.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : September 16, 2016

AUSTIN – Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) will join Special Olympics chapters around the world on Saturday, Sept. 24 in celebrating the global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Dayto commemorate the life, mission and accomplishments of its founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. 

For the last seven years, EKS Day has been observed on the fourth Saturday of September for memorializing Shriver’s legacy. SOTX traditionally holds several events in her honor across the state during the week leading up to the observed holiday. SOTX’s 2016 EKS Day events will run between Sept. 22-24. SOTX encourages everyone to act in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver by supporting its athletes as they compete in various events across the entire state. Individuals and families who have no prior involvement with Special Olympics are urged to come to any of the events and participate. See the list of events below. 

In proclaiming global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics said,“Today, we celebrate the legacy of an extraordinary leader who was a champion for people with intellectual disabilities all over the world. Furious at their exclusion from society nearly 50 years ago, she had a vision that sports could build confidence and skills. And, that sports could demonstrate to the world the abundance of talents of people with intellectual disabilities and connect them into society. She founded Special Olympics as a vehicle to make that happen. Her legacy is the important work Special Olympics does every day – through sports, health services, education and changing policy and attitudes. Let us appropriately honor her legacy by joining together in sports, in communities across the country, people with and without intellectual disabilities playing on teams together, playing unified!" 

Since 2010, EKS Day has been celebrated around the world, bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Shriver. While four million Special Olympics athletes and millions of coaches, families, fans and friends live her legacy and lead our movement every day, the world unites on EKS Day in over 100 countries and thousands of communities to show the world the power of unity to create opportunities of acceptance.  

To learn more about EKS Day and the life and legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, go to or   

SOTX EKS Day Events - 2016

Thursday, Sept. 22

Abilene                                        Bocce Competition

Saturday, Sept. 24

Deer Park                                      Softball Competition

Farmers Branch                            Bocce & Softball Competition

Huntsville                                     Bocce Competition

Pampa                                           Golf Tournament

Robinson                                       Softball Competition

San Antonio                                  Softball Competition

Sugar Land                                    Bocce Competition



Steve Helm – Public Relations Coordinator, Special Olympics Texas

800.876.5646, ext. 2925 (office); 267.421.3911 (cell – media only);

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas;;