A Letter from Jeanne Moutoussamy-AshePhotographer

The first time I met Eunice Kennedy Shriver I was in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olympics. We were both enjoying the hotel swimming pool, which led us to strike up a conversation. That she opened up to a stranger at the pool really stuck with me. Her congeniality, warmth and openness - especially for someone who has spent so much time in the public eye - are truly remarkable. When you examine her accomplishments and contributions, those attributes seem to be the guiding principle, the hallmark of her work. In 1998 she was awarded the Aetna's Voice of Conscience Award, which was established in honor of my late husband Arthur Ashe. It seemed especially fitting because not only did they both help others, but both of them believed and demonstrated how sport can transform people's lives. She has done so much for so many and is a truly inspiring role model.

About Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe turned her personal tragedy into a meaningful dialogue for children and adults about the ravages of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Moutoussamy-Ashe, whose husband, tennis pro Arthur Ashe, died of AIDS-related causes in 1993, published a book of photographs detailing her husband's last year, using their daughter's experiences as a point of view.