Truly Special: Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of the Special Olympics is Dead at the Age of 88


This Kennedy truly was “Special” and it had nothing to do with politics.Eunice_Kennedy_Shriver A real winner in life in so many respects has passed.

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Founder of Special Olympics and the sister of the late JFK has passed away at the age of 88. She had been hospitalized since last week in critical condition. Sadly, one of the true champions of special needs and the mentally disabled has died. With family members at her side at the Cape Cod hospital in Barnstable, Massachusetts, Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is survived by two siblings, her husband, Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., five children, including NBC reporter and California first lady Maria Shriver, and 19 grandchildren. The is also survived by the millions of Special Olympians that have taken part in Special Olympics and the present 3.1 million people with mental disabilities who participate in 228 programs in 170 countries.  

Rest in Peace and Thank you!

“I love to be with my special friends, and I like to learn from them and their persistence, and their guts, and their courage,” Shriver said of her work with athletes with disabilities. “This is the future.”

Listen to some inspirational words from Eunice Kennedy Shriver,

There was no greater champion for those with disabilities. Shriver was inspired by her older Eunice_Kennedy_Shriver2sister, Rosemary Kennedy, who was mentally handicapped when she helped form and was the spirit behind the Special Olympics.

In her book about Special Olympics, “Hearts of Gold,” author Sheila Dinn writes: “In the summer of 1962, 100 young people with mental retardation came to Mrs. Shriver’s camp to run, swim, play soccer, and ride horses. They enjoyed the camp and loved the sports they learned, and by the end of the summer they were ‘faster and stronger’ than ever before. The doctors and experts had been wrong!”

The first Special Olympics took place in 1968. In a comment from that first event Eunice Kennedy Shriver said the following, “Special Olympics teaches that all human beings are created equal, in the sense that each has the capacity and a hunger for moral excellence, for courage, for friendship and for love.” Some thing that many of us need to remember.

“If I (had) never met Rosemary, never known anything about handicapped children, how would I have ever found out? Because nobody accepted them anyplace,” she told National Public Radio in 2007

Statement from Special Olympics:

“We are tremendously grateful for the extreme outpouring of support and prayer from the public as we honor our beloved founder,” Special Olympics President and Chief Operation Officer Brady Lum said Tuesday in a statement.

“Today we celebrate the life of a woman who had the vision to create our movement. It is an enormous loss, but I know we can rest assured that her legacy will live on through her family, friends, and the millions of people around the world who she touched and transformed.”

If you liked this post, you may also like these:

  • Special Olympics Founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver in Critical Condition Cape Cod Hospital
  • Insulter & Chief Obama Jokes & Insults Disabled on Tonight Show: Being a bad bowler, It’s “like the Special Olympics or something”
  • Ted (Edward) Kennedy … The Liberal Lion of the Senate has Died at the Age of 77
  • Maria Shriver Files for Divorce from the Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • No Shame: Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel … “f—ing retarded!”

  • Comments

    10 Responses to “Truly Special: Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of the Special Olympics is Dead at the Age of 88”

    1. Scared Monkeys on August 11th, 2009 8:00 am

      Rest in Peace, you were a true hero and an inspiration. Volunteering for Special Olympics changed my life and made me really put the big picture into perspective.

    2. RIP, Eunice Kennedy Shriver « Sister Toldjah on August 11th, 2009 8:28 am

      [...] Her Wiki page has extensive references to the causes she devoted herself to over her lifetime, which revolved around helping both the mentally and physically disabled, with an emphasis on [...]

    3. Ashling on August 11th, 2009 10:12 am

      Eunice’s efforts for the rights of the mentally disabled will not be forgetten or lost with her passing. I left a condolence in her memory at–84342119.

    4. da_wench on August 11th, 2009 12:53 pm

      Wow…kind words for a Democrat. This website never ceases to amaze me.

    5. Maggie on August 11th, 2009 4:47 pm

      I agree, a very special lady. RIP and God Speed.

    6. Michelle Smith on August 11th, 2009 4:53 pm

      #4 I know it is difficult for me to believe to that a democrat actually did something worth talking about and it wasn’t for selfish reasons. WOW! Once in a lifetime I believe.

    7. ANewGirl on August 11th, 2009 4:54 pm

      Pretty amazing woman.

      RIP Eunice

    8. St Stephen on August 12th, 2009 7:30 am

      A woman who transcended the political arena and her actions toward the special children and adults are testament to the true human spirit.

      May God bless and keep you, Eunice!

    9. kerry morency on August 14th, 2009 9:15 pm

      my deepest coldences to the shriver family

      from a special olympian kerry morency from derry nh

    10. Ted (Edward) Kennedy … The Liberal Lion of the Senate has Died at the Age of 77 | Scared Monkeys on August 26th, 2009 6:38 am

      [...] I think we all knew that there was not too much time left for Ted Kennedy when he could not attend the funeral of the recently passed Eunice Kennedy Shriver. [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Support Scared Monkeys! make a donation.

    • NEWS (breaking news alerts or news tips)
    • Red (comments)
    • Dugga (technical issues)
    • Dana (radio show comments)
    • Klaasend (blog and forum issues)
    E-mail It