Gov. Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
“Americans around the country today are mourning the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Eunice was a wife, a mother, a sister and a member of one of our country’s most famous families, but she will be remembered most as the founder of the Special Olympics, an organization which has given millions of children with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in competitive sport. The first Special Olympics in 1968 drew 1,000 participants from 26 states and Canada – today the program has grown to include more than 3 million people from 180 countries. This achievement is thanks to Eunice’s vision, persistence, hard work and call to public service. Though she never held elected office, this extraordinary woman was a champion for the power of the human spirit. Our thoughts are prayers today are with Eunice’s husband, Sargent, their children, and the entire Kennedy family.”