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Tributes

After Eunice Kennedy Shriver died in August 2009, letters of tribute poured in from around the world. She was mourned by Special Olympics athletes, professional athletes, celebrities, world leaders—and many more. These tributes below just begin to show the impact and scope of Eunice's work to build a more inclusive society.

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You've touched so many people in so many positive ways.
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The world is a better place because Eunice Kennedy Shriver touched it.
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Thank you, Eunice, for your tireless efforts which have made this world a better place for each and every one of us.
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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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His Holiness unites himself spiritually with each of you at this difficult time, holding close to his heart Eunice as she is called home to eternal life.
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Special Olympics is truly global and it has been a privilege and a wonderful learning experience to see how Mrs. Shriver has made that possible.
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She challenges us every day to open the door to those who cannot themselves find the path to celebrate their abilities.
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Special Olympics teaches people to accept people who are different than them.
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She is and will always be my Role Model.
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Her impact has been immeasurable.
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Mrs. Shriver has changed the world.
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I can honestly say that her commitment to Special Olympics has inspired many people myself included.
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