EKS Day in Nassau, Bahamas - A Smashing Success

EKS Day is one of the most anticipated days in the calendar of Special Olympics Bahamas. For the third time in as many years, the annual event was held under the auspices of The United States Embassy. More than 70 Athletes along with Special Olympics Chairman Mr. Nello Lambert, Board Members, U.S. Charge d' Affaires Mr. John Dinkleman, Coaches, US Embassy Staff, Family Members and Friends converged on the grounds of the Ambassador’s Residence located at Liberty Overlook on Sandford Drive Western New Providence. The day was a huge success. The event lasted for two hours (10 am- 12 noon) and there was an abundance of pizza, cotton candy and other refreshments. There was face painting, a dunk tank, several matches of Bocce, Sac Races and Egg and Spoon Races. Family members, athletes, volunteers, coaches and Embassy staff engaged in friendly competition and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. It was one big family affair! The event was special to me, because it celebrated the contributions of a strong and determined woman who made immense efforts to create a normal life for her sister (Rosemary) and other individuals with Intellectual Disabilities like her. It was encouraging to me because I too have a sister (my twin sister Vashni Thompson) who has Down Syndrome. My interaction with her and her friends has enriched my life, and I wish that everyone everywhere could have the experience I enjoyed over the past 14 years. I carry on Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s legacy as I spread the word at every opportunity that persons with Intellectual Disabilities are no different from anyone else. They have their challenges, just like everyone else. They have their strengths and weaknesses, just like everyone else. They have a desire to contribute to society and to be respected in society, just like everyone else. I also carry on her legacy by volunteering with my parents (Alicia and Geoffrey Thompson) in the Family Network and by spending quality time and beco