The U.S. Embassy and Special Olympics Bahamas Partner to Host Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

Kids playing sport.
Special Olympics Bahamas athletes participate in soccer. (Photo State Dept.)

For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. Embassy Nassau volunteers led by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson partnered with Special Olympics Bahamas on Saturday, September 26th to honor the legacy of the founder of the Special Olympics movement, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day, celebrated around the world annually, once again the grounds of “Liberty Overlook” were transformed into a mini “Camp Shriver” and a festive atmosphere featuring, food, games and sporting events including tennis, bocce, soccer and music.  Among those on hand for the event, Acting Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Captain Tellis Bethel, senior representatives of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean and members of various volunteer and sporting associations including the Bahamas Football Association.

People playing sport.
Special Olympics Bahamas athletes participate in bocce. (Photo State Dept.)

U.S. Embassy volunteers and family members demonstrated their support to the Special Olympics Bahamas by serving food, refereeing games and dancing along aside the more than 200 athletes who participated in the fun day. The featured events included the “dunk tank” where athletes took delight in attempting to dunk senior U.S. Embassy officials.

The U.S. Embassy wishes to thank title sponsor Marco’s pizza’s for its generous donation of delicious pizzas for the sixth consecutive year.  To learn more about Special Olympics Bahamas or to become a volunteer for the organization, please visit Special Olympics Bahamas on Facebook or email: info@sobahamas.org.