Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Awards & Recognitions
The last thing the young Eunice Kennedy ever thought about was awards or accolades. When the movement started, remember, it was not exactly a prescribed path to glory. It was a protracted and frustrating struggle to get the playing field for people with intellectually disabled somewhere near level. Rewards would come, if at all, only in small, calibrated bits.
But once Eunice had succeeded beyond everyone's wildest expectations--perhaps not her own because she expected so much of herself--the recognition began to come. Eunice grudgingly accepted it because, as she saw it, any reward that came to her was a plus for Special Olympics, a way to continue to publicize the movement.