Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver: A Class Act

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister to John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy, and mother to California First Lady Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger, has passed away at the age of 88.

Though a member of the usually flamboyant Kennedy dynasty, the fifth child of Joe and Rose Kennedy kept a low profile unless it was to champion Special Olympics, an organization she founded with her husband, Sargent Robert Shriver.

Her mission was to bring about a sense of pride for the mentally challenged by using sports to gain respect and acceptance. Mrs. Shriver's inspiration came from her mentally challenged sister, Rosemary.

Today, Special Olympics helps 3 million intellectually handicapped people in 170 countries.

Thank you, Mrs. Shriver. You've been a blessing. Sleep well with the angels.


Steve: The Lightning Man said...

The only decent Kennedy is gone. I really expected Ted to go first. But with all that money, you'da thunk she'd have bought a hairbrush at one point in he past 60 years.

blackandgoldfan said...

Lightning Man: I agree with you. I have two autistic kids, and I couldn't imagine what their lives would've been like before Mrs. Shriver brought attention to these wonderful people.

Yeah...good hair days weren't her destiny.

Dr. Dave said...

Wow...this makes Teddy the patriarch of the fam. I wonder if he'll take a lap in her honor.

blackandgoldfan said...

Dr. Dave: Chappaquiddick bridge still there? I just feel bad because it hits close to home, and she wasn't your typical Kennedy. Her caring for those less fortunate wasn't just for photo ops.