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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address at the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Conference of Special Olympics International
    wouldn t be surprised if ideas come out of this conference which are new and innovative now but which will become commonplace activities in the next few years If Massachusetts hadn t worked with Connecticut and Colorado and the headquarters office Unified Sports would still be a small innovation in Massachusetts If S O I hadn t learned about Athletes for Outreach from Colorado and invested time and money in regional training workshops Ben Collins and Loretta would probably not be here tonight on stage with me When we are together as an organization we truly win for together we spur each other on We have the minds the spirits and the hearts to create great new programs and opportunities for athletes We would never have our torch runs for Special Olympics without Chief LaMunyon and Kansas Togetherness in Special Olympics means community Whether it is Unified Sports or in traditional Special Olympics activities we show the world what it means to bring people with differences together Communities which have to use a popular phrase mainstreamed individuals with mental retardation often have not achieved anywhere close to the level of togetherness that we achieve each day in pools and gyms and fields across the world They may talk a good game but when you look at the lives of people with mental retardation particularly adults you ll see little of what could be called real community No one is reaching out to these individuals like Special Olympics Hal Connolly told me a story the other day He asked Ben Collins what he would be doing on the weekends for fun if he didn t have Special Olympics Ben s answer was eloquent concise and simultaneously troubling and uplifting for me His answer was Zilch Zilch That is what s out there for most persons with mental retardation because they aren t together with their neighbors and colleagues They are separate but Special Olympics brings them in brings them together with family and friends and coaches and sponsors Special Olympics helps athletes families and volunteers feel together You ve heard the phrase He s got his head together of course young people would phrase it slightly differently That use of together to steal a phrase from the author John McPhee means a sense of where and who you are McPhee wrote a book called A Sense of Where You Are about Senator Bill Bradley He drew an analogy between Bradley s tremendous physical abilities as an athlete and his mental and moral abilities Bradley had highly refined proprioception a sense of where he was physically in space which made him a great athlete He also had a sense of where he was morally and intellectually which made him a great senator We are here to give our athletes a sense of where they are They need to feel how their bodies and their minds work they need to exercise both of them to begin to feel together as humans and as

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks at the American Bar Association's Annual Presidential Showcase Program
    the challenge without hesitation We never discussed salary or titles Only the vision enthralled us both And maybe there was never a totally new vision a new idea which caught on so quickly and achieved results almost overnight Nine hundred and eighty lawyers volunteered to serve almost immediately They went to work instantaneously I authorized money which Congress had appropriated for Community Action to finance Legal Services for the Poor No one authorized me to do so No one except the President could have stopped me because I was operating out of the White House as a Special Assistant to the President with my own budget given to me by Congress with few or no strings attached Legal Services for the Poor began without waiting for Congressional approval So did Head Start So did Health Services for the Poor So did Foster Grandparents Within weeks smart young dedicated lawyers were attacking old bureaucracies and old ways of doing business successfully One of the cases that made a special impression on me was Shapiro vs Thompson Started by Legal Service lawyers to obtain welfare payments from New York State that case hit the U S Supreme Court in 8 months The state argued that its own residency requirements prevented welfare payments to unemployed new arrivals The Supreme Court voted unanimously for the Legal Services lawyer and Governor Nelson Rockefeller was required to pay several hundred million dollars per annum to the new but poor immigrants into his state Young Legal Service lawyers initiated a half dozen cases that went straight to the Supreme Court and they never lost Just for the record Shapiro vs Thompson was the first ever argued before the Supreme Court by any Legal Aid or Legal Services lawyers in U S History Thank God we won If I were to go on and name all those men and women who have made huge contributions to this great cause of justice for the poor people like Clint Bamberger and Earl Johnson we would be here all day and all night too I m not going to do that I m going to conclude by saying only this Back in the earliest days of OEO I had an opportunity to visit a Legal Services Center that had just opened at the University of Detroit Law School run by faculty and students I met a couple there They were returning from an appearance in a small claims court The husband was 71 years old his wife 67 They were accompanied by a law student who had helped them in court They had just won a verdict for 68 I asked them how they felt and the old man looked at me and said Mr Shriver this is the first time we have ever won anything the first time we ve ever had anyone on our side Then tears began to fill his eyes And he took my hand and kissed it Of course I didn t deserve or earn that

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks at the Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner
    give him an ovation I ve known and admired C Payne for 32 years He was only 26 when he joined the Peace Corps and went overseas to Togo Back in 1962 I sent him there temporarily to help our first contingent of Peace Corps Volunteers settle in He spoke no French the language of the rulers in that former colony But he had body language Even I could read that I promised him I d send an experienced expert to head our program so he need not worry He didn t worry And he made me stop worrying I never found the French speaking expert to manage the program Instead C Payne used his body language and personality Our Volunteers thrived the Togolese loved them and they loved C Payne French is still the national language in Togo but C Payne and his body language conquered all But was it really only his body language I think not Much more important was his heart the same heart that has given us Africare a title which emphasizes that most important quality of all Care Care is what we all need and Care is what C Payne and his followers and his financial helpers bring to Africa Not automatic rifles and antiaircraft guns not weapons in the struggle for political or economic power but care and compassion and education working skills farming skills medical skills the skills of civilization Every year all of us interested in Africa and in Africare celebrate the memory of Bishop John T Walker the first African American Bishop of Washington He was extraordinary in the ways he cared for his flock here at home but he also cared about Africa He sought Peace Justice and inter racial reconciliation here in the USA but he was equally interested in fostering those goals in Africa No wonder he loved Africare The Gulf War the Somalia War the Balkan Wars the Haitian War they get all the newspaper headlines Murders rapes violence sexual harassment hunger get all the TV coverage But Bishop Walker and his spirit and Africare and its spirit represent the highest hope of humanity the hope and the desire and the willingness to work for peace justice and inter racial reconciliation These are spiritual goals spiritual qualities of soul and heart Peace Justice and inter racial reconciliation cannot be created by police and guns no matter whose hand holds the gun What then should be the resolutions we all decide to take tonight What should be our pledge for 1994 and the years thereafter First may I suggest that we as a nation ship no more arms or bombs or warplanes overseas Today s Washington Post reports that we and our Western allies are helping Greece and Turkey in a massive arms build up right now free of charge Hundreds of tanks artillery pieces helicopters and naval vessels are going to those countries from our own stocks in NATO Despite the fact that both Greece and

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards
    of us been so optimistic about the future of our country Today however is a day I shall never forget To receive an award bearing the name of Franklin D Roosevelt given to me by the Trustees of The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute is the honor of a lifetime I extend my thanks to everyone who played a part in making this day a reality for me When Franklin Roosevelt spoke about freedom from want he was thinking I believe about the want for food for those physically hungry about the want for jobs for those unemployed the want for housing the need we all have for a place we can call home Food Jobs and Housing Roosevelt met those needs of the American people in the decade 1930 to 1940 and beyond He met the basic needs of our nation suffering from the worst economic Depression of this Century Roosevelt truly created the America able to rescue Great Britain and France and Italy and Spain the Nordic Countries and the Low Countries from the worst tyrant in the 1 500 year history of European civilization In doing so he established our country as the undisputed leader of the free world Nowadays our country is challenged in many new ways not just European but truly global not militaristic thank God but societal Global travel and global communications have made every man woman and child everywhere your neighbor and mine We watch them and their tragedies on TV every night Even within the USA we watch the killing from nightly warfare in our cities Three times as many American citizens will be killed in action this year in Washington D C as we lost in the famous Gulf War We and our allies spent billions to free that tiny country

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address at the Dollar Rent-A-Car Annual Convention
    to the end Special Olympics creates events where everybody is happy where most people have to come by an automobile or a truck or a Dollar Rental Car We attract leisure travelers but we also appeal straight to the heart of parents and friends and children and old people who are touched by the achievements of persons with mental retardation human beings who face obstacles to health and happiness none of us have ever experienced Special Olympics creates scenes and gives experiences which touch our hearts and remain for all time in the memories of millions of human beings of all ages all races all nations We touch hearts and raise hopes at 20 000 Special Olympics events every year in every town in every State in the USA alone That s why Special Olympics is an incredible success Think of this Special Olympics is the only private philanthropy created in this entire 20th Century to be accepted world wide We re already a booming business in 125 countries And more are joining every year Special Olympics is the only private philanthropy ever created in the USA to be accepted welcomed world wide And we have never paid anyone even a nickel to join our movement We re the only athletic program which enlists competitors from 8 to 80 years of age We re the only athletic program open to human beings with I Q s of 40 and I Q s of 180 We re the only athletic program open to fat people and thin as a rail people The only one where a superb runner can win a Gold Medal running the 100 metres in 12 or 18 seconds and another can win the Gold while running the same distance in 40 seconds This unprecedented result from our commitment to ability grouping our method for creating competition between persons of comparable abilities Can you believe we now have more than a million registered athletes in Special Olympics Five years ago we started a program for the parents and siblings of our athletes We ve already enlisted 683 000 families in the USA and 250 000 abroad Those numbers will continue to grow Everywhere where Dollar is we are adding parents and athletes and friends 5 10 even 15 percent annually No wonder that Special Olympics in March of 1988 became the first and only sports program for handicapped persons fully recognized by The International Olympic Committee in Lausanne Switzerland They even established a unique committee to work with us No wonder that Special Olympics last year 1993 staged the first world Wide Olympic Games for handicapped persons ever held on the European Continent Yes we had Winter Games in Austria The President of Austria and the Foreign Minister of Austria and the former Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna and their most beloved former President Rudolph Kirchschlager were joint hosts for a black tie dinner in Vienna in their Presidential Palace in honor of Special Olympics something they had never

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address at Yale College Class Day
    gone into the New Haven community to help ease the pains of the illiterates the homeless and poor and lonely You have worked with battered women you have tutored children You are leaving Yale today as people who are other centered not self centered You have felt in your hearts and souls what Martin Luther King said You ought to believe in something in life and believe that thing so ferverently that you will stand up for it till the end of your days Now then young men and women in what will you believe Allow me to challenge you not to think of what you will do nor where you will go but in what you will believe King defined for America and the world the power of belief in the simple idea of equality and he brought it to life in the villages of 20th Century America Now you must enter the Arena with your beliefs beliefs for which you are willing to give your lives Be you doctors or lawyers teachers or technicians parents or politicians you must challenge the world with images and actions that jar the comfortable make simple the complex nurture the family and bring justice to people in the country and every corner of the world I for my part hope you think and believe in just such a way about Peace Let peace be the new metaphor for your times As a veteran of this century of such tremendous antagonisms I hope you will define the 21st Century as the Century of Peace You do not have to know in advance exactly how to wage peace We certainly did not know exactly how to organize and lead the Peace Corps None of us knew what a Peace Corps was specifically or if it would work Young and enthusiastic we plunged into a world of languages we did not understand and people whose customs were totally unknown and foreign to us We managed to muddle through and create a precious moment in history Yale was an important part of that achievement Today the Peace Corps should be at least triple its current size Maybe men and women of the Class of 94 can be leaders in a national effort to allocate more money for peace through the Peace Corps rather than colossal expenditures to arm poverty stricken nations with lethal weapons Yes indeed I wish I were you with that opportunity Bring peace to our communities at home too Dedication and efforts are needed to triple the Job Corps a proven success in saving the lives and training for the future tens of thousands of young men and women Volunteer to help the Job Corps agitate for its enlargement You will be helping to empower our great cities and making tax payers out of tax eaters rooting out drugs and corruption in the process You won t get rich dollar wise working in the Job Corps but you will be rebuilding America and

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Talk at IMG Headquarters
    100 000 000 we reach and serve 1 000 000 athletes ergo 100 per athlete The lowest cost per athlete of any sports organization How is this possible It s possible because we have 500 000 Volunteers working day in and day out everywhere What does that mean Specifically It means just as one example that we will stage World Wide Summer Games next July at Yale University in Connecticut for 7 000 athletes 3 000 coaches 1 000 Visiting Celebrities and 750 000 spectators at a cost of less than 35 000 000 How is this possible Because of our immense number of Volunteers 50 000 will be working at our 1995 Games in Connecticut at no cost to us These Volunteers include coaches medical doctors dentists accountants lawyers truck drivers bus drivers university officials state and government officials employees and family members Yes even the President of the United States and Cabinet Members Ambassadors from 30 or more countries a dozen or more Heads of State 100 Cabinet officials from every continent will be at our Opening Ceremonies at no cost to us In January 1995 even the United States Mint will be issuing a silver dollar coin actual currency not just a commemorative medal to honor and memorialize this World Wide sports event And on that coin will be the face of a living American citizen the first time in our 200 years of history that a living person has ever been so honored My friends Special Olympics is truly amateur sports No coaching fees No entrance fees Moreover we re not nationalistic We play no national anthems We wave no national flags We compute no numbers of medals by nations Instead we are pure pure sports No wonder they call us The Special Olympics What difference

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address at the 30th Annual Franklin County Democratic Party JFK Memorial Dinner
    mess Nor did that failure stop him from moving ahead He created The Peace Corps He balanced the budget and put a Republican banker in charge of the Treasury Department When has a Republican President put any Democrat into the Cabinet Never is the answer Kennedy had three Republicans in top positions Dulles Dillon and Foley he had Independents like Bob McNamara and Dean Rusk only his brother Bobby was a hard charging Democrat at the highest level in Kennedy s Cabinet Plenty of Republicans volunteered for Kennedy s Peace Corps Today there are six former Peace Corps Volunteers in the United States Congress five Members of the House of Representatives one Member of the Senate Three of them are Democrats Three Republicans Two members of the President s Cabinet are former Peace Corps Volunteers 60 of all the professionals working for the International program CARE are former Peace Corps Volunteers 40 of all the professionals working in our Agency for International Development AID are RPCV s About 10 to 15 of all new Foreign Service officers these past 10 15 years are RPCVs Why don t we as a nation rejoice about this huge return on the dollars we have invested in The Peace Corps Rejoice I say Rejoice in Kennedy s extraordinary vision and courage He shocked and inspired all of Europe when in Berlin Germany before 500 000 Germans he said Ich bin ein Berliner The ultimate collapse of Communist East Germany started at that very moment Or when he said in 1963 We will put a man on the moon in this decade And we did do so President Reagan on the other hand increased our national debt from approximately one billion in 1980 to 3 5 billion A larger increase than all the Presidents of the USA since George Washington combined That s Republican economics Why don t we rejoice that President Clinton has reduced our deficit every year since his election He s doing what no Republican has ever done Why don t we rejoice Why don t we rejoice in NAFTA the North American Free Trade Agreement which is pumping money into and increasing jobs in our country from our sales to Mexico and Canada Only Vice President Gore s vote in the Senate broke the tie and made NAFTA a reality a reality which in its first year is generating more than 350 000 000 in sales of U S made products south of the border And our Budget did not suffer Nor did we have to spend billions on armaments to get results I m not here trying to make a hero out of Bill Clinton But as a Democrat I am saying that he has reduced our national debt the first to do so in the memory of most of us I am saying as a Democrat that our President even now tonight has the highest popularity of any political leader in the First World that is in those prosperous

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