Special Olympic Games

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Summer Special Olympic Games
Special Olympic Games was originally created to help people with intellectual disabilities and to persue a personal realization. In March 1963, Ms Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities in her own home. The purpose of this day camp was to find the participants' potential through various sports and physical activities. As the day camp grew in popularity, and with the support of Joseph, P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, it soon developed into a regional organization. The camp slowly grew to a state-level organization eventually extending internationally to be known today as the Special Olympic Games. In 1977, Special Olympic Games was introduced into Korea by Seong-su Kim, the principal of St. Bedero school and an episcopal bishop. Mr. Kim founded the Special Olympics Korea in May 1978 and put all his effort in promoting this committee nationally. He dispatched athletes to the fifth (Aug. 1978) and the sixth (Jul. 1983) International Special Olympic Games, to the 10th (May. 1978) Asia-Pacific Special Olympic Games, and to the first (Oct. 1981) and the second (Nov. 1982) Japan Special Olympic Games as well.
Despite his efforts, the committee was neither approved as an organization nor was it developed into a national level committee. The obstacles lied on the fact that the athletes he had dispatched were limited to the students of St. Peter's School. To overcome this limitation Korean Special Olympics Committee was reorganized in September 1985 with the input of The Special Olympics international. This resulted in Korea's participation in the seventh and the eighth games. In the seventh Special Olympic Games, 35 people (14 athletes and 21 officers) participated and won 4 gold medals from athletics and 2 bronze medals from football. In the eighth games where 32 athletes, 15 officers, and 5 volunteers participated, the committee obtained an outstanding result both qualitatively and quantitatively, winning total 24 medals-10 golds (athletics 6, swimming 3, and table tennis 1), 6 silvers (athletics 3, swimming 1, and table tennis 2), and 8 bronzes (athletics 5, swimming 2, and table tennis 1).

13th 2011 Athens, Greece 185Countries/7500ppl - -
12th 2007 Shanghai, China 164Countries/7,291ppl - -
11th 2004 Dublin, Ireland 150Countries/6500ppl Gold 5
Silver 5
Bronze 1
10th 1999 North Carolina, USA 100Countries/7000ppl Gold 14
Silver 8
Bronze 13
9th 1995 Connecticut, USA 143Countries/7000ppl Gold 10
Silver 6
Bronze 4
8th 1991 Minnesota, USA 101Countries/6000ppl Gold 10
Silver 6
Bronze 8
7th 1987 Indiana, USA 82Countries/5000ppl   -
6th 1983 Louisiana, USA 51Countries/4000ppl   -
5th 1979 New York, USA 16Countries/2500ppl   -
4th 1975 Michigan, USA 10Countries/2000ppl   -
3rd 1972 Los Angeles, USA 4Countries/1500ppl   -
2nd 1970 Chicago, USA 4Countries/2000ppl   -
1st 1968 Chicago, USA 3Countries/1000ppl   -