29 Facts About Eunice Shriver


Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver was an American philanthropist and a member of the Kennedy family.

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Eunice Shriver's was the founder of the Special Olympics, a sports organization for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities.

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Eunice Shriver's was a sister of U S President John F Kennedy, U S Senators Robert F Kennedy and Edward Kennedy, Rosemary Kennedy, and U S Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith, as well as the sister-in-law of Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Eunice Shriver's was married to Sargent Shriver, who was the United States Ambassador to France and was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1972.

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Eunice Shriver's was the fifth of nine children of Joseph P Kennedy, Sr.

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Eunice Shriver was educated at the Convent of The Sacred Heart, Roehampton, and Manhattanville College.

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Eunice Shriver's eventually moved to the U S Justice Department as executive secretary for a project dealing with juvenile delinquency.

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Eunice Shriver's served as a social worker at the Federal Industrial Institution for Women for one year before moving to Chicago in 1951 to work with the House of the Good Eunice Shriver'spherd women's shelter and Chicago Juvenile Court.

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Eunice Shriver's shifted the organization's focus from Catholic charities to research on the causes of intellectual disabilities, and humane ways to treat them.

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Long-time advocate for children's health and disability issues, Eunice Shriver championed the creation of the President's Panel on Mental Retardation in 1961.

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Eunice Shriver was a key founder of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health in 1962.

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Eunice Shriver's has helped to establish numerous other university programs, government initiatives, health-care facilities, and support service networks throughout the country.

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In 1962, Eunice Shriver founded Camp Eunice Shriver, a camp for children with special needs that was held on her Maryland farm.

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In 1969, Eunice Shriver moved to France and pursued her interest in intellectual disability there.

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Eunice Shriver's started organizing small activities with Paris organizations, mostly reaching out to families of kids who had special needs to provide activities for them, laying the foundation for a robust international expansion of the Special Olympics in the late 1970s and 1980s.

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In 1990 Eunice Shriver was awarded the Eagle Award from the United States Sports Academy.

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In 1992, Eunice Shriver received the Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

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Eunice Shriver's is the second American and only woman to appear on a US coin while still living.

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In 1998, Eunice Shriver was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Eunice Shriver received the 2002 Theodore Roosevelt Award, an annual award given by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to a graduate from an NCAA member institution who earned a varsity letter in college for participation in intercollegiate athletics, and who ultimately became a distinguished citizen of national reputation based on outstanding life accomplishment.

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Eunice Shriver became involved with Dorothy Hamill's special skating program in the Special Olympics after Hamill's Olympic Games ice-skating win.

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In July 2017, Eunice Shriver posthumously received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2017 ESPY Awards.

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In 1990, Eunice Shriver wrote a letter to The New York Times denouncing a abortion rights group for having used a quotation of President Kennedy's words out of context in support of their position.

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Eunice Shriver had a close relationship with her sister Rosemary Kennedy, who was intellectually disabled and who became incapacitated due to a lobotomy.

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Eunice Shriver's died at the hospital the next day at the age of 88.

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Eunice Shriver's family issued a statement upon her death, reading in part:.

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Eunice Shriver's was a living prayer, a living advocate, a living center of power.

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Eunice Shriver's set out to change the world and to change us, and she did that and more.

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Eunice Shriver's founded the movement that became Special Olympics, the largest movement for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the history of the world.

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