With the recent news of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's passing, I have been faced with pronounced feeling of sorrow; not only for Mrs. Shriver's family but for all of those who have been impacted by the Special Olympics. Her lifelong dedication to helping those faced with disabilities is something to be commended. The Special Olympics has allowed those with Intellectual Disabilities to know the opportunity to achieve greatness.
Having a sister who has participated in the Special Olympics, I saw firsthand the tremendous impact that this organization can have on an individual. The smile on my sister's face smile while she competed is one that is shared by all those who have ever had a role or been touched by the Special Olympics. Mrs. Shriver's commitment to those in our society with disabilities is something we should all try to emulate. I share Mrs. Shriver's passion towards the Special Olympics and those with disabilities and continually look to her as an example. Her passing will surely be felt not only across the State of New York but across the world.
However, her passing does not signify the end; her legacy shall live on through all those whose lives will be made better by the Special Olympics and through the dedication of those who have made it their lives mission to work towards achieve acceptance for all people. Once again, I'd like to pass my condolences on to the Kennedy-Shriver family and to her family at the Special Olympics.
Joseph E. Robach
56th Senate District