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Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 13.335 cm x 1.27 cm
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DVD, special olympics
Description (Brief):
DVD of the 'Loretta Claiborne Story' produced by Disney Studios. Loretta Claiborne attributes the Special Olympics for saving her life. Born with intellectual disabilities and partially blind, Claiborne was teased throughout school which left her with anger issues. Introduced to the Special Olympics by social worker Janet McFarland she was able to channel her anger into success on the track winning countless medals for her efforts. Claiborne still runs every day and holds the record in the 5000 meters for her age group. She is also a motivational speaker who speaks four languages including American Sign Language, has a fourth degree black belt in karate, has completed 26 marathons and has won the 1996 ESPY Award- Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.
From its beginnings as Camp Shriver in Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s backyard, to the first international games in 1968, Special Olympics has been about giving people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sport. This participation builds confidence, provides emotional support and offers social opportunities for the athletes and their families. With state chapters and a global presence through its World Games, “Special Olympics is the largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities with 5 million athletes in 170 countries worldwide.”
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National Museum of American History