A Letter from Special Olympics Pennsylvania

To the Family and Friends of Eunice Kennedy Shriver:

The tens of thousands of athletes, family members, coaches, volunteers, staff and board members from the Special Olympics Pennsylvania family mourn the loss of our founder. Eunice Kennedy Shriver touched the lives of millions around the world, and her legacy will endure forever.

Mrs. Shriver's brilliant vision to use sports to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities brought her a great deal of well-deserved praise and recognition throughout the years. Among her many honors include the recent unveiling of her portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC - the first and only portrait at the Gallery of an individual who has not served as President or First Lady. Special Olympics Pennsylvania is deeply honored that two of our athletes are forever memorialized along with our founder in that unique portrait.

As Special Olympics Pennsylvania looks forward to its 40th Anniversary in 2010, our founder will forever be in our hearts and minds. Mrs. Shriver left an indelible mark on our hearts and souls, and we are grateful for the tremendous impact her life's work had in fostering respect, dignity, and acceptance around the world.


Matthew B. Aaron,

President and CEO