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World Leader

A Letter from Ban Ki-moon

Her warm kindness, genuine compassion and stalwart activism earned her countless admirers around the world, including myself and many others here at the United Nations.
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A Letter from Vice President Joe Biden

Today, thanks to Eunice and countless other dedicated individuals she inspired, Special Olympics serves over 3 million athletes with intellectual disabilities in every corner of the globe.
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A Letter from President Mary McAleese

Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a visionary who founded the Special Olympics and devoted her life to creating a better and more inclusive world for people with disability.
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A Letter from President Jimmy Carter

The success and growth of the Special Olympics is a fitting legacy.
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A Letter from Nelson Mandela

Our deepest sympathies to both your families and Special Olympics at this difficult time.
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A Letter from President Barack Obama

But above all, she will be remembered as the founder of the Special Olympics, as a champion for people with intellectual disabilities, and as an extraordinary woman who, as much as anyone, taught our nation - and our world - that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit.
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A Letter from President George H. W. Bush

I can honestly say that her commitment to Special Olympics has inspired many people myself included.
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A Letter from President Bill Clinton

It has given countless individuals with intellectual disabilities a chance to shine, and their success has inspired a fundamental change in our society's attitudes.
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A Letter from President George W. Bush

I thank Eunice Shriver for her vision to start the Special Olympics and for her drive to ensure the success of the movement.
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