BBC Documentary celebrates 50 years of Special Olympics

1st April 2019

The Kennedy Who Changed the World

The story of how one woman from America's most famous family - Eunice Kennedy Shriver - changed the world through sport is told in a BBC documentary called The Kennedy Who Changed The World

President Bill Clinton, Special Olympics Global Ambassador Nicole Scherzinger and members of the Kennedy family reveal how Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to changing the lives of millions of people with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport.

Narrated by BBC Sport personality Clare Balding, the documentary explores how John F Kennedy’s sister Eunice defied her own father and overcame ignorance and prejudice to bring the Special Olympics to life, delivering joy and hope to some of the most disadvantaged and discriminated against people in the world.

Featuring stories of Special Olympians from across the globe over the last five decades, this documentary shows the power of sport, the triumph of determination over discrimination and the persistence of one woman - in a man's world - to make a difference.

Thanks to her tireless work in making the Special Olympics a global success, now 50 years on the movement helps 5.2 million athletes in 174 countries.

The Kennedy Who Changed the World is currently available on BBC iPlayer until April 18, 2019.




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