** MEDIA ALERT ** MEDIA ALERT ** MEDIA ALERT **
WHO: Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman & CEO, Special Olympics
Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder & Chairman, Best Buddies International
Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants, along with coaches, program leaders and family members from 45 states.
The Honorable Tom Harkin (U.S. Senator), Orrin Hatch (U.S. Senator), Steny H. Hoyer (U.S. House Majority Leader) and Roy Blunt (U.S. House of Representatives).
Other expected special guests including: Hollywood Records recording artist Joe Jonas of the Grammy nominated, platinum album selling Jonas Brothers, 10-time Olympic Gold medalist Carl Lewis, as well as Miss Maryland USA Simone Feldman, Miss Maryland Teen USA Kamie Crawford and Miss Virginia Teen USA Jacqueline Carroll.
WHAT: Special Olympics and Best Buddies members will converge on Capitol Hill to urge for continued government support and to advocate for the proposed Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act of 2010. Following a day of meetings with Members of Congress, a reception in celebration of the inspiration, impact, and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver will be held that evening.
Together, both Special Olympics and Best Buddies will urge Members of Congress to authorize The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act, which will continue a national commitment by the U.S. Congress made with passage of the 2004 Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act also includes The Best Buddies Empowerment for People with Intellectual Disabilities Act of 2009, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in April 2009. This new legislation continues the legacy of Mrs. Shriver by authorizing funds for specific programs supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in health, education and global program initiatives.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away in August 2009, founded Special Olympics in 1968 and was a longtime board member and supporter of Best Buddies, which was founded in 1989.
WHERE: Hart Senate Building, Room 902
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
WHEN: Wednesday, January 27th
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHY: More than 200 million people worldwide have intellectual disabilities, making this the largest disability group worldwide. Intellectual and developmental disabilities cross racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic lines, and can occur in any family.