Catholic Partners with Special Olympics to host Summer Games

Catholic Partners with Special Olympics to host Summer Games

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America hosted the 2014 Special Olympics District of Columbia Summer Games for the 14th consecutive year on May 20-22.

The Special Olympics were founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister to former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Today, her son, Timothy Shriver, who earned his master's degree in religion and religious education at CUA in 1988, is CEO and chairman.

"We are excited to host the Summer Games again this summer and always proud to partner with Special Olympics. To see the excitement this event brings to the athletes, their families, as well as the volunteers is truly special and we look forward to hosting them again in the future" said CUA Director of Athletics, Sean Sullivan.

Over 1,000 athletes competed in the 45th Annnual Summer Games held at the DuFour Center and Cardinal Stadium. More than 1,000 volunteers helped orchestrate the event, including over 400 representing the five military branches who came out on Military Day on May 21.

The three day event featured an opening ceremony, a barbeque for all of the athletes and their families, as well as individual and team competitions in traditional summer Olympic sports such as track & field, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and bocce.

"The excellent relationship between Catholic University and Special Olympics D.C. is one of the best in the United States between a Special Olympics state program and a college or university.  We are deeply grateful to the athletic department for the wonderful and impactful support it extends to more than 1,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the D.C. community" said Mike Bovino, the Vice President of Development, Special Olympics D.C.
"While the Summer Games is the largest and most visible event hosted by Catholic University, there is a vibrant year-round partnership which includes other notable Special Olympics D.C. programs including the multi-sport Fall Sports Classic, Polar Bear Plunge, and qualifiers in different sports."