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NHSA partners with Special Olympics to Get Kids Moving

“For more than 50 years, Head Start and Special Olympics have had the same belief: that every child has a gift and every child deserves the opportunity to share it.” – Dr. Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics

As part of NHSA’s Year of Whole Health, we are seeking new ways to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of Head Start children, families, and staff. That’s why we are announcing an exciting new partnership with Special Olympics International, the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities.

Recently, Special Olympics International and NHSA kicked off a new initiative to bring the award-winning Special Olympics Young Athletes program to the Head Start community. Dr. Tim Shriver, the Chairman of Special Olympics International, and NHSA’s Tommy Sheridan formalized this new partnership with a signing ceremony, followed by a Young Athletes celebration with many children from Washington, DC, Head Start programs.

Dr. Shriver is the son of Sargent Shriver, the architect of Head Start, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics. Watch the video to see some of the activities children will participate in as a part of Young Athletes and hear more from Dr. Shriver about this special collaboration!

This new partnership will bring the Special Olympics model to the Head Start community, creating an inclusive environment for children to build critical motor and social skills. In providing support to families and their children with disabilities, we will help children transform how they see themselves and support parents in their vision for a better, more hopeful future for their children.

Visit NHSA’s webpage or contact NHSA’s Director of Partnerships, Andrew Lee, at to learn more about the Young Athletes in Head Start initiative.