EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER BORN 95 YEARS AGO TODAY
Brookline, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The sister of President John F. Kennedy and the fifth child of Ambassador Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver*, was born 95 years ago today.
Eunice attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Manhattanville College and Stanford University. She married Sargent Shriver, who became JFK's Peace Corps Director, in 1953.
In 1960, Eunice was active in her brother Jack's campaign for President.
A longtime advocate of children's health and disability issues, she was a founder of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in 1962.
Eunice convened the first Special Olympic Games held at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 20, 1968. She administered the following oath to a thousand participants from 26 states and Canada...
"Let me win,
but if I cannot win,
Let me be brave
in the attempt."
According the www.eunicekennedy.org/, there are more than 3 million participants in the Special Olympics today, representing all 50 states and 181 countries.
In 1984, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan. Upon her death, President Barack Obama said...
"She taught our nation--and our world--that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit."
*Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009) was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and died at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis on August 10, 2009.
"Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Her Story," www.eunicekennedyshriver.org/
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Eunice with Special Needs Children