The Richardson Roadrunners are a local delegation of the state-wide program of Special Olympics Texas and the national program, Special Olympics, Inc. Our delegation was founded in 1998 with two soccer teams and has grown to over 100 athletes who come to us from Richardson, Dallas, Garland, Plano, Allen, Sachse, and Carrollton. We offer ten different individual and team sports for children and adults. Three of our athletes traveled to Nagano, Japan to compete in figure skating at the 2005 World Games.
Special Olympics began in 1968 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the first International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The concept was born in the early 1960s when Mrs. Shriver incorporated sports in day camps that she held for people with intellectual disabilities. She realized that these individuals were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts thought.
For every athlete and their family, Special Olympics is a symbol of hope. The ongoing program of sports training and athletic competition gives Special Olympics athletes the chance to show their determination, build their courage and enhance their self-esteem.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.