Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s legacy lives on through her children

Eunice Kennedy Shriver turns 100 years old this year. Her life’s work – bringing people from different backgrounds together through sport continues to this day.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver will turn 100 years old on July 10, 2021. Special Olympics, created by Eunice, just turned 53 years old, born on July 20, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois.

Integration. Sport. Empathy. Thoroughness. Ability. Competition. Win.

Those are some of the words that fueled Eunice’s vision of changing the world at the time and are still relevant today.

How Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics

Shriver’s influential legacy continues to be fueled by her five children and 19 grandchildren. Tim Shriver, the third of Eunice’s five children, has been the President of the Special Olympics since 1996.

“People look at me and they go that he is a good and loyal son, sometimes people say that to me,” Tim Shriver said. “I’m very proud of that, but I hope they know that the most important thing she gives me is my joy and purpose in this job and for that, I’m incredibly grateful.”

Shriver is also the Executive Director of UNITE, an initiative to promote national unity and unity amid differences.

“Perhaps her legacy is that she gave me the opportunity to feel that I was fulfilled in this work,” (Tim) Shriver said. “That I love this job, that I enjoy learning from people with intellectual disabilities, that I have visited interesting schools where I see kids playing on unified sports teams, where I am very excited. It’s encouraging to talk to political leaders in countries and say you have to change the law, you have to support this work. “

Eunice’s two grandchildren, Timbo (officially Timothy Shriver Jr.) and Kathleen Shriver, are both members of the Special Olympics Founders board. They are required to both participate in Special Olympics activities and to be supporters of the movement, which has always been focused on winning.

“Most people don’t put competitive advantage along with inclusion, these things don’t usually run together,” says Timbo Shriver. “It was her. It is maximum competition, maximum integration. ”

The impetus for Eunice to start the Special Olympics is usually her older sister Rosemary, who has been placed in an intellectual disability educational institution. But, Eunice herself was also limited by the time she grew up.

“She learned the power of sport through her own exclusionary experience,” says Kathleen Shriver. “Growing up in a man’s world, wanting to be a politician, but not hearing his voice because she’s a woman.”

Although Eunice passed away in 2009, her voice is still heard through the power of her work, the athletes she touches, and the unwavering dedication of her family. that.

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