TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Wednesday, the chairman of Special Olympics International made a visit to Indiana State University.
Since 1996, Tim Shriver has been the chairman of Special Olympics International, serving nearly five million athletes in 179 countries.
During Shriver’s visit he spoke at Tilson Hall on ISU’s campus.
Shriver says the main message that he wanted to spread during his visit is that of inclusion.
He says that he believes now is a time that young people are challenging others to live up to that message.
In addition to discussing inclusion, Shriver says he also wanted to show his appreciation for ISU.
The campus is the host for the Summer Games for Special Olympics Indiana.
“This is a place that’s been a supporter of Special Olympics for almost a half century, where our athletes have felt like they’re home. So, my first honor is to come here and thank people for making state a place where Special Olympics athletes feel at home,” Shriver said.
Shriver also wrote a book titled “Fully Alive”.
The book discusses his families journey in helping those with intellectual disabilities.
Those in attendance had a chance to meet Shriver and have a copy of his book signed.