A Letter from Eddie BarbanellActor, "The Ringer"

Eunice Kennedy Shriver you are a role model for me and I look up to you as a friend and I love you so much Eunice Shriver.

You made an impact on my life and I am moved by your work and your accomplishments towards people with disabilities.

You touch everyone's hearts and I thank you so much for everything that you have done for this movement.

You made Special Olympics come alive and I want you to keep doing what you have been doing.

without you there would not be a Special Olympics and people with disabilities would not have any healthcare and doctors to take care of them and coaches that teach these people for sports.

Eunice Shriver you are a legend to me.

YOU wrote the book of history.

May God bless you and your family.


your Best friend

Edward Barbanell

About Eddie Barbanell

Eddie Barbanell, 29, of Coral Springs, FL, has been in Special Olympics for nearly 20 years. For the 1996 graduate of Coral Springs High School in Ft. Lauderdale, it is fun to be in Special Olympics. In 2006, Barbanell was named to the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. As an athlete, he has had the opportunity to meet new people, make friends, and play competitive sports with opponents where he learned the importance of teamwork. Barbanell competes in volleyball, tennis, bowling, and basketball for his local Special Olympics team in Ft. Lauderdale, The Tamerack Bulldogs. Barbanell has also been acting for the past six years. He starred opposite Johnny Knoxville in the 2005 Farrelly Brothers film "The Ringer" and has gone on to further his acting career in the theater and television.