Kim's support doesn't stop there.
She has given Special Olympics the chance to reinvent and build
upon Camp Shriver. First held in 1962 in the backyard of Eunice
Kennedy Shriver, Camp Shriver was viewed as a way to bring
individuals with intellectual disabilities together who lacked the
same camp and recreation opportunities afforded to those without
disabilities. It was Mrs. Shriver's intent to dispel unfounded
fears and prejudice against individuals with intellectual
disabilities based on a lack of understanding and interaction
through sport and physical activities. Today, Camp Shriver provides
an inclusive sports experience for youth with and without
intellectual disabilities in developing programs where Unified
Sports does not exist. In 2013 alone, with Kim's support, 23 new
Camp Shriver programs were established in the following regions:
Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, North America, the Middle East
/North Africa, and Europe/Eurasia. Kim has also been a steadfast
supporter of our work in Haiti, enabling camps and programming just
following the earthquake in 2010 through today.
Integral to all of this work has been her commitment to research and evaluation. Kim's knowledge,
experience and insight challenge us to envision and create new ways
to have even greater impact on our athletes and families. For
instance, a Young Athletes research effort that she supported was
highlighted in a peer-reviewed article published in an
international scientific journal.
We are extremely grateful to have Kim Samuel and The Samuel Family
Foundation champion our work. We could not have expanded our reach
and mission delivery at the pace we have and at the high levels of
quality we've enjoyed without the Samuel Family's unwavering and passionate belief in our mission.