Letter to Camp Shriver counselor Ann Hammersbacher from Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Letter to Camp Shriver counselor Ann Hammersbacher from Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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Letter to Camp Shriver counselor Ann Hammerbacher from Eunice Kennedy Shriver is typewritten on The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation letterhead. The letter is dated April 20, 1965 and is addressed to Ann thanking her for volunteering for Camp Shriver and is signed by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The original envelope is included.
Camp Shriver began in Eunice Shriver’s backyard at her Timberlawn estate in 1962. Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and Rose, an intellectually disabled sister, decided to hold a day camp for intellectually disabled kids from DC and Maryland. The high school age counselors were taught how to teach the campers different skills through play and introduced them to horseback riding, swimming, canoeing and group games, many of the campers experiencing these activities for the first time. Camp Shriver continued each summer until 1968 when the first Special Olympics Games were held in Chicago which has grown into the largest organization for intellectually disabled athletes in the world. Ann Hammerbacher (Buell) applied to be a volunteer at the camp through her parochial high school and worked there from 1962-1967.
From its beginnings as Camp Shriver in Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s backyard, to the first international games in 1968, Special Olympics has been about giving people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sport. This participation builds confidence, provides emotional support and offers social opportunities for the athletes and their families. With state chapters and a global presence through its World Games, “Special Olympics is the largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities with 5 million athletes in 170 countries worldwide.”
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Object Name
letter with envelope, special olympics
date made
Buell, Ann
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm
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accession number
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Special Olympics
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
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National Museum of American History
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