Eunice Kennedy Shriver jotted down the Special Olympics athlete oath on the morning of July 20, 1968 -- just ahead of the opening of the very first Special Olympics International Games. She recited them at a brief Opening Ceremony at Chicago's Soldier Field before the start of competition.
The words emphasize the importance of effort -- and trying for one's personal best. More than 50 years later, these words resonate with Special Olympics athletes: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt."
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt.”
“In the name of all coaches and in the spirit of sportsmanship, I promise that we will act professionally, respect others and, ensure a positive experience for all. I promise to provide quality sports and training opportunities in a safe environment for all athletes.”
“In the name of judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in these Special Olympics Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the spirit of sportsmanship.”