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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Over the course of her remarkable career, Ms. Shriver led many successful efforts to improve national civil rights, housing, and employment policies.
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She was not only a longtime friend, but a wonderful counselor.
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She deserves all of this and more for her generosity, her kindnesses and her devotion to the Special Olympics, which has brought dignity and acceptance to exceptional athletes around the world.
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She was an extraordinary woman who accomplished so much for men and women with intellectual disabilities and others in need.
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Eunice's founding of the Special Olympics helped our society to know that every human person is unique and special just because he or she is.
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Eunice Shriver lived as a champion, and I admired her so much.
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She was an extraordinary woman who inspired us all.
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Her passion and devotion will always inspire me.
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This program, through her efforts, has done more to promote inclusion, understanding, and respect than anything before.
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The success and growth of the Special Olympics is a fitting legacy.
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Our deepest sympathies to both your families and Special Olympics at this difficult time.
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She changed my life as you know.
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