Gymnastics leotard worn by Special Olympian Lee Dockins

Gymnastics leotard worn by Special Olympian Lee Dockins

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Description (Brief)
Leotard worn by Lee Dockins of Russellville, Kentucky representing Team USA at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China in 2007. Lee Dockins (b. 1987) started gymnastics at age five. She soon began to compete, practicing at least three days each week at her local gym in Russellville, Kentucky. After more than 150 competitions, including at several World Games, she became a coach at her local gym. Today, she works with preschoolers of all abilities, teaching them to build their flexibility and introducing them to difficult equipment, such as the parallel bars.
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.”
Object Name
leotard, special olympics
gymnsatics leotard
date made
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Reading
Physical Description
nylon (overall material)
synthetic fibers (overall material)
silica crystals (overall material)
overall: 23 1/2 in x 31 in x 3/4 in; 59.69 cm x 78.74 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Lee Dockins
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Special Olympics at 50
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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