by Gary Megaffin
A cool but sunny day at Police Headquarters Monday March 25 greeted athletes, a 4th Degree K of C Honour Guard and members of the Waterloo Regional Police force. Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin welcomed competitors and guests at the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Flag Raising. With support from the Knights of Columbus, the Special Olympics are celebrating their 50th Anniversary with festivities that have been planned around the world, from July, 2018 to June, 2019. Young athletes came from across the USA and Canada to compete in the first International Special Olympics Summer Games, held July 20, 1968, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Nearly 50 years later, today’s Special Olympics movement reaches more than 5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities in 170 countries. We have seen how sport changes everything in the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It shifts the focus from disability to ability. Children, youth and adults, who participate in Special Olympics exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm.