Want to learn more about core values? Watch Diego and Hailey’s Unified Talks episode below. Then, read about core values and Eunice Kennedy Shriver to help you answer the questions.
What are Core Values?Core values are the “root beliefs” of a person or organization. They help give direction. They guide behavior and decision making. They ground, or strengthen you, during hard and tough times.
Think of a tree. The roots are deep underground and cannot be seen. We know they are there, but unless you dig in the dirt, or get close to the tree, you won’t see the roots. Those roots keep the tree in place during tough weather. They help the tree grow strong and in a direction toward the sky.
Your core values are as strong as tree roots.
Core ValuesBeliefsAn acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.Core ValuesTraits or qualities that are not just worthwhile, they represent an individual's or an organization's highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core, fundamental driving forces.DecisionsA conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.DirectionThe management or guidance of someone or something.BehaviorThe way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Core Values
Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the founder of Special Olympics. She believed in justice, but saw little justice for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) while growing up. She spent her youth playing sports and games with her sister, who had ID. It became clear to her that sports can be a common ground and unite people.
Eunice envisioned people with and without ID having equal opportunities and experiences. She worked to put her dream into action. She first created Camp Shriver, a summer camp for kids with ID. The camp was held in her backyard and was a catalyst for future events. Others saw the success and learned from Eunice. Her actions attracted people who wanted to work with her and support her cause. Her efforts led to the first Special Olympics Summer Games in 1968.
This then led to the birth of Special Olympics. This organization’s values mirror Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s values: inclusion for all, equal opportunities for a healthy life, and working together to accomplish goals. Today, schools around the country are able to help students feel a sense of belonging.
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."