American Sports and Athletes on Stamps

The Special Olympics

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The 33-cent Special Olympics stamp was issued May 2, 2000 as part of the Celebrate The Century Series.

In 1968, the Chicago Park District and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Foundation sponsored the First International Special Olympics Games for one thousand participants. Since then, it has grown into the largest program for sports training and athletic competition in the world for mentally challenged persons. Today, with the assistance of hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide, more than 3,000,000 children and adults participate in year-round athletic programs.

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The 22-cent Winter Special Olympics stamp was issued March 25, 1985.