Tim Shriver did an interview earlier this month with Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Service. In it he touches upon the history of the movement and how he got involved, but also goes on to explain the differences of Special Olympics and Paralympics—two very different organizations that are often confused as one another by a misinformed public.
As Shriver goes on to state, “The Paralympics use the Olympic model to show that people with physical disabilities can achieve extraordinary physical feats. The Special Olympics model is that people with intellectual disabilities can achieve extraordinary human achievements. Special Olympics is not interested in an elite achiever, but rather that everyone has these elite achievements within themselves.”
It’s a wonderful article that also speaks to the inclusive nature of Special Olympics and where it’s headed in the coming years. It’s also interesting to note that Katherine Marshall’s daughter, currently at medical school at the University of Chicago, served in the Peace Corps in Guinea, the very organization that Tim’s father Sargent Shriver helped found in 1961. Small world.
Check out the full article here.