Eunice Kennedy-Shriver Has Died
Eunice Kennedy-Shriver, sister to JFK and mother of Maria Shriver has died. She was 88 years old. She was the founder of the “Special Olympics”, an organization that encourages sports and the building of self-esteem for mentally challenged individuals.
President Barack Obama said Shriver will be remembered as “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.”
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.