Special Olympics is an international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. Its goal is for all persons with mental retardation to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports by giving millions of children and adults with mental retardation continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The Special Olympics oath is, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."