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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Dennis Bruggemann
    from different cultures together as a means toward promoting better understanding and acceptance Little did I know then how much of an impact Mr Shriver would have upon our lives as we left Peace Corps and joined the Special Olympics family Countless memories of Mr Shriver inspiring others here are a few moments I shared with him that capture the essence of your dad a role model for us all At the National Summer Games in Brussels he noted a Special Olympian running barefoot down the track and immediately took up the issue with the Games Organizers The athlete had a pair of running shoes within the hour During the Closing Ceremonies of a National Table Tennis Tournament for female athletes with disabilities in Tehran Mr Shriver spoke with passion about Mrs Shriver s belief in the rights of all women to play sports and to be respected as equal citizens within their communities The athletes and spectators immediately surrounded him touched him and showered him with praise and affection At Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris Mr Shriver saw a nun waiting for a cab He offered to accompany her to the monastery where she was staying Having just returned from meeting with the Pope Mr Shriver had plenty of news to share with the nun Upon arrival at the monastery Mr Shriver leaped out of the car grabbed the nun s luggage and escorted her to the front door Many evenings at headquarters Mr Shriver invited me down the hall to take another look at the world map This was during the time when Special Olympics was beginning to expand internationally and become a truly global movement He was so knowledgeable about the political and economic reality in whatever country happened to be the focus of our discussion

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/dennis-bruggemann (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Eberhard J. Wirfs
    have endured grieving from the loss of a parent In this time of sorrow I wish you comfort in knowing that your father gave hope to millions of people through both the Peace Corps and Special Olympics His dedication coupled with that of your mother s to serving disadvantaged populations and increasing humanitarian services has provided a brighter future for people who otherwise would have gone without such opportunities Lions Clubs International Foundation is honored to work alongside Special Olympics and further support the humanitarian efforts they first launched My personal commitment to all populations was renewed this past year when you and I celebrated together our 10th year of partnership at the Regional Games and Opening Eyes screening in Poland There I met 17 year old Tomaz Banas whose new glasses helped him score gold in doubles badminton Sargent has positively impacted Tomaz s life as well as so many other athletes worldwide During his tenure as president and CEO he helped the program expand internationally further breaking down boundaries so that all athletes no matter from what country or cultural background have equal opportunities Please know that Margit and I as well as of the staff at Lions

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/eberhard-j-wirfs (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Edna Primrose
    many social programs that are still thriving today including Job Corps His contributions and belief in our program have helped more than 2 6 million young people throughout Job Corps 46 year history In 1999 when Job Corps dedicated the Shriver Job Corps Center in Devens Mass Sargent Shriver spoke of his faith in the program to help at risk young people saying Our Job Corps graduates are proof that our original dream our vision was realistic We proved that all of us could work together successfully to provide the necessary skills to thousands of young Americans who had neither jobs nor skills Our combined efforts succeeded The Job Corps has survived and prospered It has served our nation well He later went on to serve in many roles including ambassador to France He was active in Special Olympics serving as that organization s president and eventually being named chairman emeritus In 1994 President Bill Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom our nation s top civilian honor Sargent Shriver never shied away from serving his country and I hope that at Job Corps we are inspired by the sense of honor and gratitude that led him to found our program He believed that every young person in this country deserves the chance to see a brighter future He believed that our society must teach young people the skills they need to succeed both in life and at work And he believed that the public and the private sectors can work together to accomplish this These beliefs drive what we do every day at Job Corps from the National Office in Washington D C to Job Corps centers from coast to coast As Shriver himself said I believe in the Job Corps and its future The Job Corps will

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/edna-primrose (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Ellen Vargyas
    a Washington Post story on the subject A few days later I picked up my phone and there was Mr Shriver asking what he could do I had never met him let alone worked with him But he had seen my quote and even though he hadn t been involved with legal services for some time he wanted to make one more contribution to the program he had been so

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/ellen-vargyas (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Eric Alterman
    my history of postwar American liberalism at least the first draft of it and if someone asked me who over the past six or seven decades displayed the best judgment morally politically intellectually and in policy terms of any of the politicians I ve studied I think I d have to say in historical order Eleanor Roosevelt John Kenneth Galbraith and Sarge Shriver Previous Letter Jerry Brown Next Letter Aaron

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/eric-alterman (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - George Mitrovich
    inherent in our beginnings as a nation come to life and the dynamic of Sargent Shriver s dazzling persona was the perfect fit Mr Shriver spent five years leading the Peace Corps and while other able public servants would follow no one would ever again equal his stature Sargent Shriver as the Peace Corps first director gives lie to the spurious claim that no one is indispensable Yes they are and Sargent Shriver was He would follow his unforgettable run as head of the Peace Corps by becoming at President Lyndon Johnson s behest leader of the war on poverty in the new Office of Economic Opportunity OEO Patricia Sullivan and Emma Brown writing in the Washington Post said of Mr Shriver s leadership The OEO developed and implemented signature anti poverty programs that still exist Among them are Head Start which aims to prepare poor children for kindergarten Volunteers in Service to America the domestic Peace Corps and Job Corps a youth job training program In the context of our time when programs to help the disadvantaged and poor are being slashed from the White House and Capitol Hill to state houses and city halls across America read Ms Sullivan and Ms Brown s paragraph again Sargent Shriver would continue his extraordinary service to the United States by then becoming our ambassador to France and no envoy to America s oldest ally since Benjamin Franklin would excite the French people as much as Sargent Shriver did and Eunice being a Kennedy made it all the more exciting When South Dakota senator George McGovern chose Missouri senator Thomas Eagleton as his vice presidential running mate in 1972 no one foresaw the political disaster that would soon follow as senator Eagleton was forced off the ticket In the rush to find a replacement and minimize a damning political situation two names quickly surfaced Maine s Edmund Muskie and Sargent Shriver In the end Mr McGovern would select Mr Shriver who once again accepted his party s call to serve That didn t end well for either of the two Democratic candidates as Richard Nixon was overwhelmingly re elected to a second term Neither however did it end well for America as Mr Nixon would be forced from office in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal Scott Stossel Mr Shriver s biographer in an interview with the Washington Post said It s hard to find another American figure where the disproportion between how much he accomplished and how little he is known is so large For 12 years Sarge was always at the center stage or just off center stage of American history It s not easy to marry a Kennedy and hold on to your own identity but Sargent Shriver did Sargent Shriver and Eunice s marriage would form a powerful alliance in behalf of the poor and would help the world see the physically challenged in a new prism of pristine and transforming light Without Mrs Shriver s energy and

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/george-mitrovich (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - George W. Bush
    and compassionate man who dedicated his life to serving others He represented the very best of America in all his endeavors including serving as the first director of the Peace Corps and helping your sweet mother build the Special Olympics movement His remarkable legacy of service will help create a better world for generations to come Laura and I will pray for your family s strength and comfort as you

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/george-w-bush (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Gerald L. Storch
    an incredible legacy of public service he leaves behind and how proud you must be of his life s work The example he set for you and all his children lives on through your deep commitment to Special Olympics and those with intellectual disabilities Please know our thoughts together with the thoughts of the entire R Us Family are with you at this difficult time Sincerely Gerald L Storch Chairman

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/gerald-l-storch (2015-03-27)
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