The Special Olympics: Background information when reading Ginny Moon

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Ginny Moon

by Benjamin Ludwig

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Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
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    May 2017, 368 pages
    Dec 2017, 384 pages

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The Special Olympics

In Ginny Moon, the protagonist's participation in the Special Olympics plays an important part in the storyline.

Special Olympics LogoThe Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities. From its modest start as a summer camp in 1962, the Special Olympics now offers competition in more than 30 different sports with over 100,000 events organized annually across the world.  Like other Olympic athletes, participants start with local competitions and work their way up to regionals and nationals before competing at the international level. The Summer and Winter games alternate every two years ("odd" years, so as not to conflict with the Olympic Games that are held in "even" years). Almost five million athletes from 172 countries participated in events during 2015 with 6,500 taking part in the World Summer Games held in Los Angeles.  Although sometimes confused with each other, the Special Olympics are entirely ...

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