Senator Jim Munson mourns passing of founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver

OTTAWA, August 11, 2009 – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal), expressed his sadness at the passing of the founder of the Special Olympics movement, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver changed the world for people with intellectual disabilities.  Through the Special Olympics movement, she showed us how sport and play can forge a path from exclusion to inclusion and from prejudice to enlightenment.  We owe her a debt for making societies everywhere more accepting of people with intellectual disabilities and more aware of their potential and contributions.


In 1987, she addressed Special Olympians and told them they had earned the right to play on any field, to study in any school, to hold a job, and to be anyone’s neighbour.  This is what the Special Olympics is all about and all of us involved in the movement will carry on this work in Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s memory. 


My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this extraordinary woman.