Today, the Special Olympics movement lost a champion, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who throughout his time as Senator fought for acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. Both at home in Hawaii and as a national leader, Sen. Inouye always sought opportunity to create a better country for our athletes.
Sen. Inouye meets with a Special Olympics & Best Buddies contingent on January 27, 2010 in Washington, D.C. lobbying support for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act to increase support for people with intellectual disabilities. Pictured clockwise from back left: Best Buddies Founder Anthony Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver, recording artist Joe Jonas, Olympian Carl Lewis, Inouye, Hawaii residents Emilio Mark and Justine Castillo. (Photo by Special Olympics)