A Letter from Dr. Tom Songster

"I worked closely with Eunice Kennedy Shriver for forty years. In all those years, I never heard the word "impossible". That word was never a part of her vocabulary. Instead, she asked, "what more can we do?" with emphasis on providing quality sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with special needs. Mrs. Shriver insisted that Special Olympics host National and World Games in the best and most famous sports venues, such as Notre Dame University, Squaw Valley, California, site of the 1960 Olympics Winter Games, the Olympic Center in Athens, Greece, and in Johannesburg's South Africa Stadium, site of the 2010 Football World Cup, just to name a few.

Mrs. Shriver is all about competition and perseverance and was always pleased when she witnessed a close race, with a chance for each athlete to come in first. And, she was just as happy to raise the hand of an eighth place winner. Being "brave in the attempt" is not only one of the principles for Special Olympics athletes around the world, but also, and in every way, for Mrs. Shriver as well".

Mrs. Shriver not only instills the joy, the energy, and the spirit of Special Olympics in every one she touches, she is the Founder, the heart and soul of a program that has inspired millions of people and has given them hope".