The Special Olympics program in Chesapeake is proud to be a part of Special Olympics Virginia, Area 2. Chesapeake is the fastest growing Special Olympics program in the area nearly doubling its number of athletes within the past three years. Join us! Anyone 8 or older who has an intellectual disability can become a Special Olympics athlete. We have added two new sports in the last two years – roller skating in the Fall and softball in the Spring.
From a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives and attitudes for more than 43 years. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics, will be remembered as an extraordinary woman who, as much as anyone, taught our nation - and our world - "that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit".
If you know of anyone who could participate as an athlete, let them know about our programs. If you have skills as a coach or would like to volunteer with our program, please join us. Through the power of sports, our athletes discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life.
Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be
brave in the attempt.
These words were spoken by the Roman gladiators as they entered the arena, facing the greatest battle of their lives. Our athletes recite the oath at the opening ceremonies of each competition to remind everyone, themselves included, that they are part of a brave tradition and that the goal is to compete with their whole effort and to exhibit bravery by pushing themselves to ever greater heights. Enice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics, used this oath at the 1968 First International Summer Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Remind your athletes to try to live by this oath if they are to grow and achieve all of their goals.