The National Sibling Forum began to take shape in June 2020. It started with five Unified pairs to form a Core team and expand to other Sibling pairs and States through their support.
Sibling leaders are critical to the Special Olympics movement. Siblings are and have always been there but they lack a coordinated way to engage within the movement.
Inspired by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics movement and a sibling herself, Special Olympics has identified the power of siblings as agents of change for inclusion. Siblings of Special Olympics athletes are invited to do more than cheer on the sidelines: they have the opportunity to get in the game as leaders of the Unified Generation both on and off the playing field through Unified Sports and advocacy work. Through a partnership of the Samuel Family Foundation, Special Olympics is able to proactively reach out to siblings by developing resources, holding workshops, and supporting sibling projects to make their schools and communities more inclusive. View More
Event 4 Dec 2020
04 Dec 2020: The Athletes of Special Olympics Bharat along with their siblings, virtually celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, upholding their abilities and reaching out to more siblings, family members and State leaders to join the forum. The event was a culmination of a month-long activities and engagements that created an open platform for the Siblings pairs to engage together in multiple activities. Subject-focused sessions were held with their families separately, creating an opportunity for them to deliberate essential challenges and concerns with each other as well as with experts invited for each of them. Full Report
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