"On behalf of the Special Olympics movement, I want to express my deep condolences to the Lautenberg family.
Senator Lautenberg was one of those rare individuals who was able to understand and empathize with the diverse needs of all those he served.
Certainly this was true when it came to his constituents with intellectual disabilities and their families.
He was a stalwart supporter of Special Olympics' federal legislative efforts to bring critical healthcare to this population, and to make our schools places that welcomed those with intellectual differences.
Our athletes lost a friend today, but for his steady support we will always be grateful."