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    an amazing inspiration for those who are disabled and what to do the olympic's

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    They really are and I was an athlete for Special Olympics once.

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    wonderful. it is beautiful that they get this opportunity. good for them! :)

    thanks for posting this
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    JFK’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver dead at 88

    Special Olympics founder remembered for ‘love and service to others’

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    updated 8:49 a.m. ET, Tues., Aug 11, 2009


    BARNSTABLE, Mass. - President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion for the rights of the mentally disabled and founder of the Special Olympics, has died. She was 88.
    Shriver had suffered a series of strokes in recent years and died at 2 a.m. on Tuesday at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

    As celebrity, social worker and activist, Shriver was credited with transforming America's view of the mentally disabled from institutionalized patients to friends, neighbors and athletes. Her efforts were inspired in part by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary.

    'She set out to change the world'

    Shriver organized the first Special Olympics in 1968. She was inspired in part by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary Kennedy.
    “She was a living prayer, a living advocate, a living center of power,” her family's statement added. “She set out to change the world and to change us, and she did that and more.

    “She founded the movement that became Special Olympics, the largest movement for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the history of the world. Her work transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and they in turn are her living legacy.”

    She is survived by her husband, Sargent Shriver. Shriver's children include Maria, a former television journalist who married California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    President Barack Obama praised Shriver for a life of helping of the disadvantaged. "Eunice was many things to many people: a mother who inspired her children to serve others; a wife who supported her husband Sargent in the Peace Corps and in politics; and a sister to her siblings, including brothers John, Robert, and Edward," the president said in a statement. "But above all, she will be remembered as the founder of the Special Olympics, as a champion for people with intellectual disabilities, and as an extraordinary woman who, as much as anyone, taught our nation — and our world — that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit."

    Shriver was born in Brookline, Mass., the fifth of nine children to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. She earned a sociology degree from Stanford University in 1943 after graduating from a British boarding school while her father served as ambassador to England. Her siblings include John F. Kennedy, who was elected president in 1960 and assassinated in 1963, Robert, a New York senator whose presidential bid ended when he was assassinated in 1968, and Senator Edward Kennedy.

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    The roots of the Special Olympics go back to a summer camp Shriver ran in Maryland in 1963. Shriver would "get right in the pool with the kids; she'd toss the ball," said a niece, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who volunteered at the camp as a teen. "It's that hands-on, gritty approach that awakened her to the kids' needs."
    Realizing the children were far more capable of sports than experts said, Shriver organized the first Special Olympics in 1968 in Chicago. The two-day event drew more than 1,000 participants from 26 states and Canada.
    By 2003, the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held that year in Dublin, Ireland, involved more than 6,500 athletes from 150 countries. The games are held every four years.

    Well into her 70s, Shriver remained a daily presence at the Special Olympics headquarters in Washington. Shriver was the recipient of numerous honors, including the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she received in 1984. In May, the National Portrait Gallery installed a painting of her — the first portrait commissioned by the museum of someone who had not been a president or first lady.

    Schwarzenegger called his mother-in-law a "pioneer who worked tirelessly for social and scientific advances that have changed the lives of millions of developmentally disabled people all over the world.""Apart from her family, her greatest legacy is the Special Olympics, which started as a summer camp in her backyard in 1962, and has grown into a global movement and organization that has transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people," he said.

    'Moral force'
    She was a social worker at a women's prison in Alderson, W.Va., and worked with the juvenile court in Chicago in the 1950s before taking over the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation with the goal of improving the treatment of the mentally disabled. The foundation was named for her oldest brother, Joseph Jr., who was killed in World War II.
    In 1953, she married Shriver. He became JFK's first director of the Peace Corps, was George McGovern's vice-presidential running mate in 1972, and ran for president himself briefly in 1976.

    A 1960 Chicago Tribune profile of the women in then-candidate JFK's family said Shriver was "generally credited with being the most intellectual and politically minded of all the Kennedy women."
    Peter Collier, author of "The Kennedys, an American Drama," called Eunice Shriver the "moral force" of the Kennedy family.

    "When the full judgment on the Kennedy legacy is made — including JFK's Peace Corps and Alliance for Progress, Robert Kennedy's passion for civil rights and Ted Kennedy's efforts on health care, work place reform and refugees — the changes wrought by Eunice Shriver may well be seen as the most consequential," Harrison Rainie, author of "Growing Up Kennedy," wrote in U.S. News & World Report in 1993.

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    God rest Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She has made this world a better place. :angel:
    Thank you, Eunice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PoP View Post
    They really are and I was an athlete for Special Olympics once.
    Excellent...what sport were you involved with?

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    Special OlympicsHelp Special Olympics earn $50,000 in America's Giving Challenge! http://causes.com/SpecialOlympics

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    Special Olympics THANK YOU to everyone who voted and helped the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games WIN Sports Travel Magazine's Best Sporting Event of 2009!!!!! http://www.specialolympics.org/content.aspx?id=8557


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    Special OlympicsSee 10 things YOU can do to Get Involved in Special Olympics. http://www.specialolympics.org/Get_Involved.aspx


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    Special Olympics See what Special Olympics is doing to help tens of thousands of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide who suffer needlessly from chronic pain and disease, blindness and hearing loss. http://specialolympics.org/healthcare_for_the_underserved.aspx


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    Special Olympics See a gymnast from Special Olympics Uzbekistan compete in the second Central Asian Special Olympics International Gymnastics Competition in Tashkent, plus many other photos from Special Olympics activities Around the World! http://www.specialolympics.org/slide...the_world.aspx


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