Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Founder of the Special Olympics precursor and a sister of John F. Kennedy Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, DSG a member of the Kennedy family, sister to President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward Kennedy, was the founder in 1962 of Camp Shriver, and in 1968, the Special Olympics. Her husband, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. , was United States Ambassador to France, the founder of the Peace Corps, and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election.
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Birthday
10 July 1921
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January 18, 2011
McGovern Accepts 1972 Democratic Vice Presidential Nomination
April 20, 2009
**File Photos** * TED KENNEDY DEAD AT 77 U.S. Senator EDWARD KENNEDY has lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 77. The Democrat, the last of the late John F. Kennedy's brothers, died on Tuesday (25Aug09) following a long battle with the disease.
January 01, 2009
**File Photos** * TED KENNEDY DEAD AT 77 U.S. Senator EDWARD KENNEDY has lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 77. The Democrat, the last of the late John F. Kennedy's brothers, died on Tuesday (25Aug09) following a long battle with the disease.
February 26, 2007
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California Talks to Journalists About His Thought Regarding Healthcare and Immigration. Washington DC 02-26-2007 Photo by Christy Bowe-Globe Photos, Inc. 2007 Eunice Kennedy Shriver
October 27, 2006
Tami Sheffield, Eunice Shriver Anthony Shriver welcomed guests into the home of his mother Eunice and father Sargent Shriver on his mother's birthday and the 18th anniversary of the 'Best Buddies' program. The evening featured an award ceremony and a perf
September 20, 2006
Funeral For Patricia Kennedy Lawford at St Ignatius Loyola Church on 84th Street and Park Avenue, New York City 09-20-2006 Photo by William Regan-Globe Photos Inc. 2006 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger
June 15, 2006
**File Photos** * TED KENNEDY DEAD AT 77 U.S. Senator EDWARD KENNEDY has lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 77. The Democrat, the last of the late John F. Kennedy's brothers, died on Tuesday (25Aug09) following a long battle with the disease.
February 06, 2006
**File Photos** * TED KENNEDY DEAD AT 77 U.S. Senator EDWARD KENNEDY has lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 77. The Democrat, the last of the late John F. Kennedy's brothers, died on Tuesday (25Aug09) following a long battle with the disease.
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Michelle Obama honors late Eunice Kennedy Shriver at 2017 ESPYs
ABC News - 8 months
She was honored with the Authur Ashe Courage Award.
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WATCH: Michelle Obama to present ESPY award to the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver
ABC News - 8 months
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ESPN To Honor Special Olympics' Founder With Arthur Ashe Award
Huffington Post - 9 months
ESPN announced Tuesday that it will honor the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next month’s ESPY Awards for the lifetime she spent growing the Special Olympics into a global movement. The award, which is given to people “whose contributions transcend sports,” has been presented to people including Michael Sam, Caitlyn Jenner and Robin Roberts in recent years. In a statement, ESPYS executive producer Maura Mandt said Shriver’s work exemplified exactly what the award was meant to honor.   “The effort that Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her family have been displaying for these past five decades is truly remarkable,” Mandt said.  THIS JUST IN: Eunice Kennedy Shriver to be honored w/ the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the #ESPYS ➡️ https://t.co/v8Ga9gF2ef. #ChangeTheGame pic.twitter.com/neZvBePO0m — Special Olympics (@SpecialOlympics) June 6, 2017 “We are honored to celebrate Eunice’s work and the bravery of the athletes of Special ...
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Focusing On Zika's Threat To Child Development
Huffington Post - about 1 year
National Birth Defects Prevention Month Winter is a time when many people in the United States, particularly those in northern areas, are not thinking about mosquitoes and the diseases they can transmit. To the south, however, in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and parts of Latin America, thousands of couples, pregnant women, families, and travelers continue to deal with the threat of Zika virus, a mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted infection that can lead to an array of birth defects and life-long developmental problems. For more than a year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has accelerated research to better understand Zika, to develop a safe and effective vaccine, and to improve diagnostic methods, among other goals. At NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), our focus has been on the virus's impact on pregnancy and child development. As we mark National Birth Defects Prevention Month, we call attention to ...
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New Study to Offer Insight into the Adolescent Brain
Huffington Post - over 1 year
There is a lot we don't know about the effects of a child's routine activities--sports, sleep, or screen time--on his or her developing brain. A new long-term study recently launched at 19 research sites around the country and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will collect significant data on normal, healthy teen behavior and its impact on neurological, social, emotional, and cognitive development. It also will examine some of the unhealthy and risky behaviors indicative of those experimental teenage years. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study aims to follow 10,000 children, from age 9 through early adulthood, to gather a trove of data, including--for the first time in a study of this size--brain images. Just as pediatricians monitor height and weight, the study, launched last month, will chart brain growth and development during the pivotal teen years. The NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholi...
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Maria Shriver's Touching Advice On Parenting, Beauty, And Embracing Your Inner Warrior
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
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After Miscarriage, How Long Should Couples Wait To Try Again?
Huffington Post - about 2 years
After an early miscarriage, couples who try to conceive again within three months may be more likely to have a successful subsequent pregnancy than people who wait longer, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers followed nearly 1,000 couples after an early pregnancy loss and found women who started trying to conceive again within three months had 71 percent higher odds of having a baby than those who waited longer. Of the 765 couples who started trying to get pregnant within three months, 77 percent eventually gave birth to a live baby, compared to 23 percent of the 233 couples who waited longer to start trying. The study can’t prove that trying for a baby again right after a miscarriage will cause the next pregnancy to happen sooner or result in a healthy baby nine months later. But the findings do suggest some women may not need to heed traditional advice to hold off trying again for three months after an early pregnancy loss, senior researcher Enrique Schisterman said by emai...
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Special Olympics Builds Communities of Inclusion
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Before I became involved with Special Olympics, I found myself on the outskirts. I didn't feel I belonged anywhere. When I became a Special Olympics athlete here in British Columbia, I finally met a group of folks who accepted me. I no longer felt on the outside. Making friends was easier and so was playing sports, something I was not able to do in school. Now I participate in swimming, track and field, and basketball, and I have found a new sense of community alongside my fellow athletes. We all have different abilities, yet NONE of us are shunned or not included. I am so thankful to the athletes and coaches who saw talents in me I didn't even know I had. For example, when I was first learning the breaststroke, getting the kick to go with the stroke was VERY difficult and it only made things harder when I got frustrated and mad. My coaches, believing in me, maintained their calm and reassured me I could do it -- and eventually I did. I have even won first place doing that strok...
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First Nighter: Kathleen Chalfant Convincing as 'Rose' of the Kennedys, Steven Sater's Tedious 'New York Animals' With Burt Bacharach Tunes
Huffington Post - about 2 years
They never stop coming: the Dysfunctional American Family plays. In the last few weeks, we've had The Humans, Lost Girls and Taylor Mac's out-dysfunction-them-all Hir. You can also include Dada Woof Papa Hot and Steve, now that the Supreme Court has legalized gay marriages and as a seeming result, works about dysfunctional same-sex marriages look to be headed our way in increasing numbers. Keeping all that in mind, it still may be that the most unlikely dysfunctional-family opus among us at the moment is Laurence Leamer's one-woman monologue Rose at the Clurman, in which the always impeccable Kathleen Chalfant impersonates the seemingly always impeccable Rose Kennedy. We're in Anya Klepikov's notion of a Hyannis Port morning room (taken from a photograph perhaps) on a late July 1969 afternoon, which those with sharp historical recall will instantly pinpoint as just after the tragic Ted Kennedy-Mary Jo Kopechne Chappaquiddick incident. Rose Kennedy, wearing a beautifully tail...
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Preterm Birth: Advancing Toward Prevention and Better Outcomes
Huffington Post - over 2 years
When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, I had the usual worries compounded by my knowledge as an obstetrician and high-risk pregnancy specialist. I knew first-hand the impact of prematurity and other complications. Like other moms-to-be, I hoped to deliver a healthy baby. As a research physician, I was eager for evidence-based knowledge to make this a reality. Because it was my first pregnancy, my doctor couldn't tell me whether my risks were any higher than other expecting moms. Beyond the basic risks known at the time--smoking, drinking, and prior history--the medical field just didn't have the evidence back then. Over the ensuing years, I have witnessed the advances in our understanding of preterm birth. Now, not only can we identify, measure, and track many of the warning signs, we also have some preventative therapies. Today, I am able to tell my patients about their risks for delivering a baby too early, and I can offer several effective interventions. In re...
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Leading Health and Philanthropic Organizations Outline Plan to Address Global Burden of Preterm Birth
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Article Published in The Lancet Global Health BETHESDA, Md., SEATTLE and WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading researchers and global health organizations today issued a call-to-action to advance a comprehensive research agenda to address the global burden of preterm birth, which has become the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's, and the March of Dimes Foundation convened scientific experts from around the world to develop a "Solution Pathway" for preterm birth.
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Childhood Trauma Linked To Teen Weight Problems (STUDY)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who have gone through trying times are more likely to be overweight by age 15, a new study suggests. Stress in childhood has been associated with a greater risk of becoming overweight, although the link isn't always consistent from study to study, researchers said. "I felt like I was seeing a lot of children who had experienced stress early in their lives later gain weight pretty rapidly" Dr. Julie Lumeng at the University of Michigan Medical School told Reuters Health. "There has been quite a bit of research looking at stress in the lives of adults leading to weight gain, but it has not been studied as much in children," said Lumeng, who led the new study. "We did this particular study because it looked at simply 'events' that had occurred in children's lives and then asked mothers to rate the events in terms of how much of an impact they had," Lumeng said. The researchers used data from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of...
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Kennedys, Irish mark 50th anniversary of JFK visit
Fox News - over 4 years
The Irish government and the Kennedy clan celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of Ireland's most fondly recalled moments, the visit of President John F. Kennedy, with a daylong street party Saturday that was capped by the lighting of Ireland's own "eternal flame." "JFK 50: The Homecoming" celebrations focused on the County Wexford town of New Ross, from where Patrick Kennedy departed in 1848 at the height of Ireland's potato famine to resettle in Boston. In June 1963, his great-grandson John returned to the town as the United States' first and only Irish Catholic president. During his four-day tour across Ireland, JFK so charmed the nation that, even decades later, his portrait adorns many living-room walls as the ultimate symbol of Irish success in America. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny joined JFK's only surviving sibling, Jean Kennedy Smith, and his only surviving child, Caroline Kennedy, to hold three torches together that light a fl...
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Don McNay: Courtside at the Special Olympics
Huffington Post Sports - almost 5 years
"I think the Special Olympics and the Olympics are actually pretty similar. We all have dreams and we all have goals. And you have to work hard to accomplish your dreams and goals." -- Michael Phelps "I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea I can feel St. Elmo's fire burning in me" -- John Parr, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" When my childhood neighbor, Mark Buerger, Director of Communications for the Kentucky Special Olympics, asked if I would like to co-anchor the television broadcast for the finals of the Special Olympics basketball tournament, he picked the right guy. Which is ironic since I had never broadcast a basketball game before. I'm comfortable behind a mic so I figured there is a first time for everything. I was lucky to be paired with a seasoned play-by-play announcer, Lachlan McLean from WHAS in Louisville, who did an incredible job of broadcasting the games and covering up my inexperience. Along with never having broadcas...
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What's All This About A 'Lesbian Obesity Study'?
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
A controversial new study is reportedly set to examine what's been described as the "high public-health significance" of obesity among the U.S. lesbian population, but media outlets are divided as to the poll's ultimate outcome or focus. As CNS News is reporting, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., has received two grants totaling $1.5 million from The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to examine the "interplay of gender and sexual orientation in obesity disparities," according to the report. CNS News cites the grant as stating that it is "now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic." On the flip side, the grant also apparently points out that "heterosexual males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay males.” The eventual outcome is uncertain, giving the impact on funding d...
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Charles J. Reid, Jr.: The Pro Life Movement at a Crossroads
Huffington Post - about 5 years
In the winter of 2013, it is fair to say that the pro-life movement faces a crossroads the likes of which it has not seen since 1976. It will do well, therefore, to recall some of the events of that earlier political season. The 1976 election was the first presidential campaign in which abortion became a hot-button issue, made that way by the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, three years before. Catholics and evangelicals joined hands to push for its reversal. In December 1975, on the eve of hotly-contested nomination processes in both parties, it was still unclear where the pro-life vote would go. Two Democratic contestants brought genuine pro-life credentials to the race. There was Sargent Shriver, the most progressive candidate in the race and George McGovern's running mate in 1972. A Catholic, married to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, herself active in pro-life causes, Sargent Shriver did not favor reversal of Roe v. Wade but believed that government might take an ...
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 87
    On August 14, 2009, an invitation-only Requiem Mass was celebrated for Shriver at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Hyannis.
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    On August 9, 2009, she was admitted to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, with an undisclosed ailment.
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  • 2008
    Age 86
    In December 2008, Sports Illustrated named her the first recipient of Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award.
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    In 2008, the U.S. Congress changed the NICHD’s name to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
  • 2006
    Age 84
    Her sister Patricia Kennedy died on September 17, 2006, and her brother Edward M. Kennedy died on August 25, 2009, leaving former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith as the only surviving sibling.
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    In 2006, she received a papal knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI, being made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (DSG).
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    In addition to the Teddy recognition, she was selected in 2006 as part of the NCAA Centennial celebration as one of the 100 most-influential individuals in its first century; she was listed ninth.
  • 2002
    Age 80
    Shriver received the 2002 Theodore Roosevelt Award (the Teddy), 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.
  • 1995
    Age 73
    Her portrait is on the obverse of the 1995 commemorative silver dollar honoring the Special Olympics.
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  • 1992
    Age 70
    In 1992, Shriver received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
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    During Bill Clinton's 1992 Democratic U.S. presidential campaign, she was one of several prominent Democrats – including Governor Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania, and Bishop Austin Vaughan of New York – who signed a letter to The New York Times protesting the Democratic Party's pro-choice plank in its platform.
  • 1990
    Age 68
    In 1990 Shriver was awarded the Eagle Award from the United States Sports Academy.
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    Although Shriver was a Democrat, she was a vocal supporter of the pro-life movement. In 1990, Shriver wrote a letter to The New York Times denouncing the misuse of a quotation by President Kennedy used out of context by a pro-choice group.
  • 1984
    Age 62
    She was awarded the nation's highest civilian award, the (U.S.) Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1984 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, because of her work on behalf of those with intellectual disability.
  • 1982
    Age 60
    In 1982, Shriver founded the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring at University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1972
    Age 50
    She was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy; her husband, Sargent Shriver, was United States Ambassador to France and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 46
    Her husband served as the U.S. Ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970 and was the 1972 Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential candidate (with George McGovern as the candidate for U.S. President).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1961
    Age 39
    In 1961, she championed the creation of the President's Panel on Mental Retardation which was significant in the movement from institutionalization to community integration in the US and throughout the world, a major public policy challenge.
  • 1960
    Age 38
    Shriver actively campaigned for her elder brother, John, during his successful 1960 U.S. presidential election.
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  • 1953
    Age 31
    On May 23, 1953, she married Sargent Shriver in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 29
    She 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 Shepherd women's shelter and the Chicago Juvenile Court.
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  • 1943
    Age 21
    She was educated at the Convent of The Sacred Heart, Roehampton, London and at Manhattanville College in Upper Manhattan (the school later moved further North to Purchase, New York). After graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology in 1943, she worked for the Special War Problems Division of the U.S. State Department.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1921
    Born
    Born on July 10, 1921.
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