Dear Dr. Timothy Shriver,
I feel shocked and saddened by the news of the pass-away of your mother, Ms. Eunice Kennedy Shriver. On behalf of Special Olympics China, I'd like to extend my sincere condolence to you and your family.
As the founder of Special Olympics International, Ms. Eunice Kennedy Shriver has made an important contribution to the mankind, particularly people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics has greatly influenced the perception and attitude of the world towards people with intellectual disability and fundamentally changed the life and destiny of millions of people with intellectual disability and their families worldwide. The achievements of Ms. Eunice Kennedy Shriver will be memorized and praised by the world forever!
With the guidance and support of Ms. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics started from zero in China and developed into the fastest growing program in the world. The number of Special Olympians in China grew from zero to over 800 thousand now. She visited China twice in her 80s to promote the Shanghai Special Olympics World Summer Games, once meeting with President Hu Jintao. With her pass-away, our heart is heavy but filled with admiration and gratitude for her.
We are confident that you will follow the footprints of your mother and lead the Special Olympics movement develop to new heights.
Special Olympics China
Wang Naikun is the Chairperson of Special Olympics China.