Robert A Johnson; President & CEO, Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Today, we lost another true advocate for individuals with disabilities, R. Sargent Shriver. “Sarge” spent much of his life helping others and paving the way for great things to happen in this world. With a loving and dedicated wife by his side, Sargent Shriver made an impact in this world that many are unaware of.
“Sargent Shriver will, in my opinion, forever be remembered as a brilliant, hard-working, creative, articulate and passionate individual who, with his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sought to improve the lives of people throughout the world who, in their eyes, may not have gotten a fair shake”
Sargent Shriver helped Special Olympics break down barriers around the world and with his knowledge and expertise in foreign affairs and different cultures, helped turn Special Olympics into the international movement it is today. Special Olympics is now the single largest amateur sports organization in the world and that is a credit to the team of Eunice and Sargent Shriver.
Being the first leader of the Peace Corps for President Kennedy and working with countless other international organizations, he developed not only an incredible amount of relationships around the world but he secured his status as a visionary, a leader and one who could and did make an immeasurable impact on the world. Each and every person with an intellectual disability and their families should thank Sargent Shriver and his entire family for helping to make this world a better place for them.
We also pay tribute to the Shriver Family who has lost much in recent memory. With the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Senator Kennedy, the family has endured much pain this past year so we ask that people remember the impact this family has had on this world and offer their prayers.
Individuals with intellectual disabilities have the Shriver Family to thank for a world that is more understanding, more tolerant, and for the millions of people around the world who have fallen into step to offer their encouragement for healthy living and longer lives.
“Sarge,” you will be truly missed.