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Special Olympics

Let me win, but if I cannot, let me be brave in the attempt

The Boston College Police Department is a proud supporter of Special Olympics Massachusetts. Throughout the year members of the BC Police are actively involved locally and statewide in fundraising and awareness efforts for the Athletes of Special Olympics MA.

Most recently, BC Police has participated in the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), and the MA LETR Cruiser Convoy. In addition, BC Police raised over $3,500 for local athletes and programs in 2012.

History of Special Olympics

Special Olympics sprang from the simple philosophy that all people benefit from participation in sports. In the early 1960's, Eunice Kennedy Shriver held a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities and through encouragement and instruction, children and adults with intellectual disabilities proved themselves more athletically capable than anyone had thought possible. They also enjoyed many other benefits - physical, social, and psychological. Mrs. Shriver organized the First International Special Olympics Games, which were held in 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago. At those first Games, 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada competed in track and field and aquatics.

Today, in the true spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, led by her son Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics is the world's largest year-round program of physical fitness, sports training, and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related developmental disabilities. Close to 3.3 million athletes participate, with athletes in every state of the U.S. and in over 160 countries around the world. What started out as a day camp has rapidly developed into an organization of international significance, and Special Olympics has indeed become "A World of Winners".

Special Olympics
Officer Debra Coughlin enjoying the company of a Special Olympic Athlete at the Summer Games.

BCPD Officers and McGruff enjoy meeting with Special Olympic Athletes.

Officer Bobby Connor presenting a Gold Medal in Track & Field at Summer Games 2012.