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SCR-57 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics.(2019-2020)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution
No. 57

Introduced by Senator Hueso
(Coauthor: Senator Beall)

May 29, 2019

Relative to the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics.


SCR 57, as introduced, Hueso. 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics.
This measure would commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, In June of 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver selflessly and honorably started a summer camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in Washington, D.C.; and
WHEREAS, This promising premise, after yielding much success, evolved and developed throughout the 1960s, culminating in the first Special Olympics World Games, held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, in July of 1968; and
WHEREAS, On December 2, 1968, the status of Special Olympics was formalized when United States Senator Edward Kennedy held a conference to announce the formation of Special Olympics, Inc.; and
WHEREAS, On October 2, 2007, Shanghai, China, hosted the 12th summer Special Olympics World Games, drawing over 7,500 athletes from 164 countries; and
WHEREAS, In June of 2010, the first Special Olympics Global Congress was held in Marrakesh, Morocco; and
WHEREAS, In March of 2012, Special Olympics’ international influence hit a new record, with over 4,000,000 athletes participating in programs across the globe; and
WHEREAS, In July of 2014, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted “Celebration for Special Olympics and a Unified Generation” at the White House, with some of the world’s leading business leaders, sports legends, social activists, and entertainers in attendance; and
WHEREAS, In July of 2018, Special Olympics proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary; and
WHEREAS, By 2019, Special Olympics has heavily developed and streamlined instrumental initiatives designed to impact everyday students in California, including the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Program, the Healthy Athletes Program, and the Community Sports Program; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the recent years, these programs have proven successful at creating learning environments which are inclusive for all; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics; and be it further
Resolved, That Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.