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Softball athletes get autographs, help with their game

July 21, 2010

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Tim Shriver, CEO of the Special Olympics and son of its founder, Eunice Shriver, signs autographs for eager softball players at Fleming Fields.
Photo by: NaTasha Rollerson,University Nebraska-Lincoln

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Howard Danzy of Kentucky, No. 14, insisted that Olympic Gold medalist Amanda Freed sign his pants.

Photo by: NaTasha Rollerson,University Nebraska-Lincoln

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Clinic coach Amanda Freed offers tips to Ohio softball players

Photo by: NaTasha Rollerson,University Nebraska-Lincoln



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KPMG hosts banquet for its Special Olympics volunteers

July 20, 2010

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Tim Shriver speaks to volunteers from KPMG at Monday’s employee banquet

Photo and Story: Chelsey Wahlstrom, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dana Foote, local Omaha audit partner, took the idea of involving KPMG employees in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games to the company’s disabilities network in Dallas and never looked back.

As a result, about 150 KPMG staff members from 30 offices across the nation volunteer at the golf venues as the USA National Games continue in Lincoln this week.

To be part of the volunteer squad at the games, the auditing firm’s employees needed application and to explain why they wanted to volunteer. More than 300 non-local applicants applied and about 80 were flown to Lincoln all expenses paid. About 75 employees — including Foote — raised $25,000 from local chapters so they could be present at the venues.

“We’re all about inclusiveness and bringing people together,” Foote said.

Tim Shriver, CEO of Special Olympics International, encouraged listeners at Monday’s banquet to think about the lessons they are learning from their volunteerism.

“This movement is on the move,” he said. “We want people to come to our movement to find role models. We’re going to find a way to blow the sports world up.”

KPMG also sponsored golf in the Special Olympics 2009 National Invite in Lincoln and continues to sponsor golfer Phil Mickelson on the PGA Tour.

Shriver told KPMG employees that cooperation is the key.

“We’re going to do this,” he said. “I think we’re going to do this together.”



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National Games begin

July 19, 2010

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Video by Christine Scalora, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games officially began Sunday night with an exciting ceremony that featured a parade of athletes, musical entertainment, and speakers like Tim Shriver.



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Shriver lets Special Olympics athletes define themselves

July 18, 2010

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Tim Shriver and Olivia Heusinkveld at health symposium

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tim Shriver, CEO of Special Olympics International, and Olivia Heusinkveld participated in a Special Olympics health symposium on Saturday in Omaha. Shriver gave the keynote address at the symposium, which focused on improving the health of those with intellectual disabilities. Heusinkveld performed a monologue highlighting the work of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Tim Shriver’s mother.



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Tim Shriver speaks at health symposium

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tim Shriver, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, discussed the role of Special Olympics in helping bridge the health care gap for those with intellectual disabilities. Shriver said people need to be aware of the demand for basic medical needs within this group.



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Health needs discussed at symposium

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Medical professionals gathered at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday to learn about the health needs of people with intellectual disabilities. One of the speakers was Tim Shriver, CEO of Special Olympics International.



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Special Olympics provides free health screenings, care to athletes with intellectual disabilities

July 12, 2010

Lincoln, Neb., July 13, 2010 Expecting to provide approximately 5,000 free health screenings as well as follow-up care like dental work and prescription eyeglasses to those in need, Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes initiative will be available to Special Olympics athletes July 19-23 during the USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.

Screenings will be given in six different health areas (vision, hearing, dental health, healthy lifestyles, general fitness and foot care).

“We are extremely proud to be able to bring our Healthy Athletes program to Nebraska,” said Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO for Special Olympics. “With more than 1,000,000 free health screenings provided worldwide since its launch in 1997, Healthy Athletes represents the largest public health initiative that focuses on people with intellectual disabilities.”

  • In addition to screenings, Healthy Athletes also provides eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids, mouthguards and other free items to athletes who attend. Thanks to partnerships with local organizations, other services and products not normally included in Healthy Athletes will also be available in Lincoln.
  • The Nebraska Dental Association will be providing a range of dental services, from cleanings to tooth extractions, to athletes in need free of charge.
  • M.A.D. DADS of Lincoln will give 150 bicycles to children with intellectual disabilities from Nebraska who are participating in the Special Olympics Young Athletes and Healthy Young Athletes program on Monday, July 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The health portion of the program includes vision, hearing, and dental screenings, as well as health education (including helmet use and bike safety) for athletes aged 2-7.
  • Rocky Mountain Sunscreen from Arvada, Colo. provided sunscreen for Healthy Athletes to give away at the “Sun Safety on the Field” table at the Abbott Sports Complex from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., July 21-22. Health experts will also provide tips for hydration and sun safety.
    All Healthy Athletes activities are open to members of the media. Screenings will take place from 2-9 p.m., July 19-22; and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, July 23 in Pershing Hall, lower level, in Lincoln. All Special Olympics Nebraska athletes are invited to attend Healthy Athletes, regardless of whether they are competing in the Games.

The need for Healthy Athletes is great. Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others, they typically receive sub-standard care or virtually no health care at all. Special Olympics has shown that many health concerns are more common and significant for people with intellectual disabilities.

Among Special Olympics athletes in the United States, 29% have obvious, untreated tooth decay; 27.8% fail hearing tests; 22% have low bone density; and 16.0% have eye disease.

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