A Letter from Governor M. Jodi RellGovernor of the U.S. state of Connecticut

Statement of Governor M. Jodi Rell on the Death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Today Connecticut - and all the world - mourns the passing of an extraordinary woman: a woman of uncommon strength and tremendous gentleness. Her vision of international competition became a reality in no small part due to her own vibrant personality.

Connecticut was privileged to host the international games in 1995. Mrs. Shriver gave a passionate speech that encapsulated the focus of Special Olympics: Individuals are defined far more by their manifold abilities than by their relatively few disabilities.

She was - she remains - she will always be - an inspiration to us all.

Governor M. Jodi Rell

Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut

About Governor M. Jodi Rell

Mary Jodi Rell is a Republican politician and has been the 72nd Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut since July 1, 2004. Learn more about Governor M. Jodi Rell