A Letter from Special Olympics Namibia

Dear Shriver Family,

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen." (Hebrews 11:1) What an apt description of this is of a valiant lady who clearly had the heart of gold and the candor that resonated and challenged the very fabric of society. Mrs. Shriver as she was so affectionately known by the SON community in Namibia will forever be remembered with fondness by all who had the privilege to know her.

The vision she gave birth to in 1968 when she founded the Special Olympics movement ensured that people with intellectual disabilities the world over inclusive of Namibia are given an opportunity to hope, to dream, and to live to their full potential. Today, 1,272 athletes in Namibia proudly lift their heads as they chant in unison: "Let me win, but if I can not win let me be brave in the attempt."

Though many did not have the opportunity to meet this great legend, we have the esteemed honor to be apart of a great movement that celebrates the dignity of the human spirit. Mrs. Shriver's determination to fulfill her God given purpose inspires us to passionately carry on this outstanding call.

Our hearts are therefore at peace knowing that she has completed her mission here on earth. We thank God for blessing us with Mrs. Shriver. May our time of mourning now be replaced by abundant joy and our sorrow be overshadowed by faith. Our hearts be eternally filled with love to fight the good fight of making our society a better place for people of abilities.