A Letter from Alexa PosnyCommissioner of Education, Kansas Department of Education

In Memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

As the founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver changed the world's perception of individuals with disabilities. Six Kansas athletes were on hand at Soldier Field in July of 1968--the beginning of the Special Olympics program.

Since that time, thousands of Kansas athletes have competed, while thousands of young people have participated as buddies to the athletes. What a tribute to one woman's dedication to improving the lives of all children!

Helen Keller once said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the embodiment of these words. She inspired us all as she made dreams come true. Her legacy--to value every child's life and every child's ability--will live on into eternity. What a difference one woman made...you will be missed.

Alexa Posny, Ph.D.

Commissioner of Education

Kansas Department of Education

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