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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Speech at the U.S. Chapters Business Leadership Meeting
    companionship and the respect they have never enjoyed in 50 000 years of human history Following Eunice s lead we suffer because we speak the truth Overlooked is the fact that we achieve the greatest results Those results sometimes go unrecognized and unappreciated and even rejected by those who prefer socially acceptable language rather than empirically proven results Remember the quotation a rose by any other name would smell as sweet So with a child or grown up person who is mentally or physically impaired we say they are just as worthy of love and respect and education and athletics as any other persons on earth regardless of what society and scientists call them Special Olympics achieves empirically proven results for our athletes for their parents their friends and yes even for many other people like me a relative newcomer full time to the Movement Special Olympics even saves taxpayers money Maybe Newt Gingrich will support us We achieve results without any federal dollars We re the most Republican program in the nation For Newt we present only one problem a Democrat invented us But typical of Special Olympics that person is special The first living woman ever to be memorialized on a silver dollar a coin of the realm genuine currency of the USA commemorating Special Olympics Yes I knew she was special long before she created Special Olympics long before she began to rescue all the millions with mental retardation from isolated and often hideous reformatories almost death chambers or from state institutions with high and hideous walls And I ve long known her as a woman who tells it like it is who tells the truth even if it hurts as it hurt her own family when with her parents acquiescence she wrote a feature article in 1962 in the famous and old Saturday Evening Post telling the story of her sister Rosemary 1962 Remember that date Thirty three years ago and even earlier in the 1950 s she began the liberation of persons with mental retardation proving through sports that they deserve full humanistic respect and opportunities Wouldn t it have been nice for her to explain that her sister was only developmentally disabled or only learning disabled or developmentally delayed Ah yes That would have been understandable It s human to hope and even to cover up the truth about our own personal shortcomings But to admit the truth about ourselves is the first and most important step we must all take to overcome the weaker parts of our character the weakest links in our own personal lives It s always easier to cover up But Eunice Shriver has never done so No wonder Republicans and Democrats in both Houses of Congress passed a Bill with record speed and unanimity honoring her creation the Special Olympics Movement No wonder that one of America s greatest artists volunteered to paint her portrait for the silver dollar without a fee for his time and talent No wonder

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Speech to the Washington Hebrew Congregation
    serve serve individually and freely Please listen to these words which I quote American s cities and population have turned into urban wastelands suffering from every social diseases abortion teenage pregnancy drugs inadequate schools and teachers family disintegration widespread promotion of sex outside of marriage homelessness hunger a growing disparity between rich and poor Lest you think this litany of problems is merely the mad ravings of a frustrated 1960 s Democrat let me confess that I have stolen the whole list from a 1990 speech George Romney twice Republican Governor of Michigan candidate for the Republican Governor of Michigan candidate for the Republicans nomination for President and former Chief Executive Officer of American Motors Corporation He is no wide eyed liberal without successful experience in our free enterprise system Romney is an entrepreneur who led a company which created thousands of jobs and competed vigorously with the so called Big Three auto manufacturers Is George Romney a liberal when he calls for a social perestroika Listen to his words not mine Communism s economic failure makes the Soviet Union s future dependent on the success of its economic perestroika At the same time the magnitude of the United States economic success that spawned social problems that make our future dependent upon the organization and success of a social perestroika Lyndon Johnson s original War Against Poverty has been vilified and ridiculed We know it was a failure don t we That s what we were told by Ronald Reagan and a dozen Washington pundits who ve never served in a slum not tutored a Hispanic child as LBJ did not given work to an unemployed black man But the truth is that the War on Poverty created Head Start the Job Corps Community Action Foster Grandparents Upward Bound Community Health Centers Legal Services VISTA College Work Study Programs ten National programs all still in existence all helping millions of Americans today All of these national programs have depended upon Volunteers for their success All of them were proposed by Volunteers and they were made into successes in whole or in part by Volunteers who were willing to serve at no cost No one was ever drafted into any War Against Poverty Programs At this point forgive me please for talking about my own son Anthony Shriver But listen to these facts Anthony started a new program six years ago when he was just a student at Georgetown University He got 25 of his classmates to become Best Buddies for 25 mentally handicapped person in the District of Columbia Now today six years later Anthony has Best Buddies volunteers at work in thirty seven states as well as in Canada Greece and India He also has Best Buddies High School Best Buddies Citizens for volunteers from corporations churches and synagogues you can start a Best Buddies chapter right here in your own Congregation He has just inaugurated Best Buddies Jobs which finds employment for persons with mental handicap Another son

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's "Sport, Spirit, Splendor" Honoring Eunice Kennedy Shriver
    for 32 000 000 Comparisons are often odious but forgive me please just one comparison The regular Olympic Games in Atlanta next year will cost approximately 1 200 000 000 Some 12 000 athletes will compete Those Games will cost forty times more than the Special Olympics Games They will cost approximately 120 000 per participant Special Olympics will cost about 4 500 per participant Every Special Olympics athlete will go home a winner Of the 10 000 regular Olympic athletes 9 000 or more will go home defeated without any medal or ribbon to show for their efforts Is defeat and the acceptance of it what we want to teach the best of all athletes Amateurism in Special Olympics also means more than the absence of money paid to athletes coaches or other essential helpers It also means no money changes hands with the athletes above or beneath the table No training or coaching fees are charged to the athletes Not even an entrance fee is charged to the thousands of spectators who attend the Games 65 000 in 1991 just for the Opening Ceremonies of the Eighth International Summer Games in Minneapolis St Paul an estimated 750 000 here in Connecticut this coming summer The coaches the referees the medical doctors the policemen and policewomen the starters and timers the lawyers and accountants the computer operators and union members and the publicists nearly all of them work for practically nothing No sports organization has so many volunteers almost one million They give themselves just as the athletes do for the love of sport and for one another as true amateurs in their hearts and actions The sun never sets on Special Olympics Special Olympics goes on night and day every day in30 000 communities throughout the world from Moscow to Bangkok from Harare and Dar es Salaam to Lima and Rio de Janeiro Even as I speak Special Olympics training and coaching are in progress Rome was not built in a day Neither is a Special Olympics athlete Special Olympics is not nationalistic We play no national anthems We wave no flags We permit no computation of medals won by specific countries It is individual effort and achievements that count Special Olympics is open to competitors of all ages We have medal winners who are eight nine ten and up to eighty years of age And we have winners who are able to compete only at the lowest level of physical ability in what we describe as the Motor Activities Training Program and every Special Olympics athlete has the chance to win as they compete in divisions only with athletes of the same or approximately the same ability Special Olympics is totally free of performance enhancing drugs Instead we are interested in enhancing the ability of every participant increasing their self esteem and self confidence and improving them physically psychologically and spiritually We do not believe that sports are an end in themselves We do not permit sports

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks at San Francisco Monastery Gala Dinner
    by a private corporation not dependent on taxation by any Government on any people except for Communist Countries like the Peoples Republic of China 1995 was also the time of our World Games Those Games were the best in history 7 200 athletes participated 3 500 coaches 35 000 Volunteers 60 000 spectators at our Opening Ceremonies 1 500 TV radio and newspaper correspondents Our 1995 Games were the biggest athletic event in the world in 1995 And the President and Director of those Games is with us here tonight Stand up please Timothy Shriver Timothy was and is superb But he is lucky Just look at his wife Stand up Linda Potter Beautiful Mother of four fabulous children herself a lawyer Linda is unsurpassed in beauty and brains and motherhood But listen to this fact Our Games for 7 200 athletes from 145 countries cost 35 000 000 The regular Olympic Games this year will cost 1 250 000 000 for 10 000 athletes Our Games cost less than 5 000 per athlete the Olympic Games will cost 125 000 per athlete Why do I bother you with all these statistics and records I tell you these facts because they reveal what the future may be Today there are on earth 150 000 000 human beings with mental retardation We and you are now reaching one million of them Suppose we increase to two three or five million We would still be just scratching the surface But we would be the biggest athletic program in the world I truly believe that is the direction where Special Olympics is going And Special Olympics Ecuador is going with us We are destined to bring the benefit of sports to all persons with mental retardation The Greek Olympic Committee the Mayor of

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks at the Peace Corps 35th Anniversary
    those documents think they are What power do they have Against the British Empire Against European Kings Queens and Nobles Against Indian Rajah Against Chinese absolute Emperors Against War Lords everywhere The power Jefferson had and Madison and Adams and Washington and many others shared was power of the mind and of the heart and of the soul They were ready to risk everything their lives their fortunes and their sacred honor for what For a new world of laws and a world giving specific important rights to all citizens a world which specifically itemized Government s obligations to everyone Today our Defense Department is actively studying and restudying its role functions needs etc in relation to the realities of military power and potential military actions everywhere They are trying to justify the need for themselves and their work The C I A is struggling to define reasons for its own continued existence now that its target enemy the USSR no longer exists Many citizens are asking Why do we need a C I A when there is no K G B Within the cabinet the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Commerce are both struggling to explain the need for the continued existence of their Departments And so are many other U S Governmental agencies and activities What about the Peace Corps Is the Peace Corps less necessary for the 21st Century than during the years when Kennedy started the Peace Corps and foreigners like the leaders of Thailand and of India and Africa and South America and endorsed his initiative Can Peace Corps Volunteers working overseas today perform better than host country nationals or better than private sector business leaders and workers Is the Peace Corps needed at all now that there is no Cold War Yes we have 130 000 RPCV s here at home but can we prove what their presence contributes to the American economy Or to American politics Or to American spiritual values Have they changed anything in American life for the better Do they even vote more regularly than other citizens Fortunately we do have Cabinet Members and Senators and Congress persons who have been Volunteers But do most Americans think the Peace Corps should be larger than it is even 5 or 10 times larger than it is What reasons or justifications or objectives do we Peace Corps veterans have for our own country and for all people of the world in the next Century Does our Peace Corps experience give us any special ability of clarity to see what the 21st Century will need Suppose all nations become just like us in politics and economics and democratic values Is that it Will the mission of our country and our raison d etre be fulfilled and finished If not what do we have to offer beyond representative democracy private business freedom growth in personal wealth plus equal rights before and within the law I do not mean to disparage these precious

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address to the Frederick County Democratic State Central Committee
    governmental policy actively working for the small and the personal can turn this country away from the large and the anonymous only a national commitment to the human scale can restore a sense of community Such a commitment means many things To the millions of Americans who want work and cannot find it our commitment must be jobs The independence of Americans and their families depends on work and there is much work to be done To the tens of millions who see the fruits of their work consumed by uncontrollable infiltration my philosophy is to put limits on the forces that produce spiraling prices To talk of free markets as the solution to inflation is a fraud A market dominated by a handful of giant oil companies is not free And the domination of other markets by concentrated private power must be ended To the many whose hopes are suddenly shattered by economic collapse or unanticipated need whether in health or education whether in victims of crime or of misfortune my philosophy is to provide a net beneath which we will not let one another fall and above which we will encourage all to rise Each paying his fair share of the cost all of us should be able to turn to the community when faced by risks too large for anyone to bear alone We need financially sound programs of health insurance and ways of extending taxes downward to provide credits to those who have too little income while fairly taxing those who have much By prudent combinations of government stockpiling and regulations we can control the most extreme fluctuations in economic life maintaining a stability in food fuel and other basic necessities that will enable people to plan their lives without fear of uncontrollable financial disruptions To the millions of families who see their children fail and their neighborhoods collapse the meaning of this philosophy is reunion reunion with the most basic sources of our national strength Anti neighborhood practices like red lining and block busting must be reversed Anti family practices like forced separation of parents on welfare must be ended Discrimination against working women must be stopped And we need flexible work schedules to permit parents fathers and mothers both to care for their children Finally we must find ways to redesign our housing tax and other policies to allow families to live together rather than in generational ghettos I do not pretend to have all the answers But we can find answers together only if we are guided by some vision of where we want to go It is a vision of freedom of fairness and fulfilling work that shapes the policies I favor Those policies cannot stop at the water s edge Domestic and foreign affairs are inseparable A century ago Kierkegaard wrote The individual no longer belongs to his God to himself his beloved to his art or his science Today no nation belongs to any one God or science or solely

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address to the National Community Action Foundation Legislative Conference
    the problems of their fellow Americans struggling at the bottom of our economic ladder This tri part structure of our local Community Action Boards of Directors has proven to be a source of great practical and psychological strength to everything we do It proves that Community Action is a hands up not a hand out organization It provides representation for all segments of society United efforts are necessary to deal successfully with the problems of poverty in our country Secondly Community Action has succeeded in mobilizing thousands and thousands of Volunteers to work to combat the problems facing poor people in our country Community Action now has as many volunteers or maybe more volunteers than any other Government program That s a triumph just by itself Third the cost of administration or may I say the cost of bureaucrats in Community Action Agencies averages less than 10 of the total budget Newly elected representatives in the last session of Congress for example were astonished to find the Job Corps had only 150 bureaucrats working in the Department of Labor to manage the program nationwide No they just were not astonished they were speechless When that news finally penetrated the Congressional atmosphere the Headquarters of the Job Corps in the Department of Labor here in Washington was preserved Not one Governor of any State in our Union opposes Community Action today That s a miracle just by itself In the first days of Community Action not only Governors but Mayors of many many cities felt threatened by Community Action and opposed Community Action vociferously Some even came to Washington and protested in person to President Johnson One Governor a very close friend of President Johnson came to Washington spent two nights in the White House and one afternoon at War Against Poverty Headquarters He demanded that his State Government be given control over Job Corps Centers in his State He made that demand face to face with me and my associates at War Against Poverty Headquarters but we didn t give in and neither did President Johnson This Governor was not alone I have vivid memories of being denounced by the highest Committee of the U S Conference of Mayors Three of them were exceptionally outspoken even vitriolic in their comments about the Community Action Agencies in their cities My breakfast meeting with them was not a happy event in their lives but within the next year the three Mayors who were most vociferous were all indicted in their home States subsequently convicted and sent to jail Community Action Agencies in their towns however never stopped work and continue even to this day I could go on and on but you know better than I that your leadership has made Community Action the great success it now enjoys and extraordinary political support involving leaders of both Parties which Community Action has achieved Sad to say the incidence of poverty however the number of poor people in our country is larger today

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks to the Officers and Governors of The Commonwealth Club
    in divisions only with athletes of the same or approximately the same ability Special Olympics is also free of performance enhancing drugs Instead we are interested in enhancing the ability of every participant increasing their self esteem and self confidence and improving them physically psychologically and spiritually without the use of drugs In 1989 Special Olympics launched a new program Unified Sports Unified Sports unites Special Olympics athletes with persons of normal intelligence all on the same team for training and competition The benefits for all participants not just the Special Olympics athletes have been almost unbelievable These partnerships are helping to bring mentally handicapped athletes into the normal life of their communities They are also teaching all of us with normal intelligence that we can be and should be truly one people under God with liberty and justice for all We do not believe that sports are an end in themselves We do not permit sports to dominate us or our athletes We use sports to help people develop in all areas of life Special Olympics thus involves the parents and siblings of our athletes Families help to coach and train their own Special Olympics athlete They provide transportation They sit on Boards of Directors They raise money Over ten thousand parents and siblings attended out last International Summer Games They were housed fed and transported free of charge by volunteer hosts and families They wore T shirts proudly announcing that they were the parents of a Special Olympics athlete They sat in specially reserved seats Almost everyone in Special Olympics volunteers Our latest estimate reveals that approximately 1 000 000 persons volunteer annually in the Special Olympics Movement world wide Less than 500 paid employees manage 1 100 000 Special Olympics athletes and games in 143 countries At the 1995 World Games last summer 62 000 volunteers worked to help manage and stage those Games Doctors lawyers union workers coaches parents bus drivers accountants faculty members from all of Connecticut s colleges volunteered Dentists gave dental care free of charge to everyone of the 7 200 athletes The Labor Unions of Connecticut all cooperated and gave 714 000 worth of their time and talent free Without this army of volunteers more than 60 000 people altogether these Special Olympics World Games could not have been produced for 34 000 000 To synchronize our moral compasses Just 36 months ago the State of Connecticut submitted a winning bid to host the World Wide Special Olympics Summer Games The Governor of Connecticut Lowell Weicker was enthusiastic Several large corporations volunteered to help finance the costs A world famous university Yale University stepped forward and volunteered to join as hosts for these Special Olympics Games The State of Connecticut then guaranteed the bid financially The Yale Medical School the Law School and the Divinity School all created managed and staged an unprecedented United Nations Symposium on mental retardation world wide The President of the United States and his wife Hillary came to Yale to dignify Special Olympics by their presence at our Opening Ceremonies 70 000 persons were in the Yale Bowl for those Ceremonies 7 200 athletes and 3 500 coaches came from 143 countries and paraded into the Yale Bowl Connecticut Labor Unions and their members gave 714 000 worth of their time and talent free Those Games were the biggest athletic event in the world in 1995 No one was getting richer financially in these or in any other Special Olympics activities 62 000 persons in Connecticut alone volunteered their time Two days before the Games began the Secretary of State Warren Christopher and his Deputy Strobe Talbot hosted a banquet atop the State Department in Washington for 250 foreign dignitaries scientists politicians medical doctors and lawyers all dedicated to the ideals of Special Olympics The United States Mint produced a new silver one dollar commemorative coin 800 000 of them in honor of the Games What s so special about this Well the answer is simple It s the first coin ever minted by the U S Government with a living woman on its face That woman is the Founder of Special Olympics and her coin so to speak was welcomed into the Olympic Museum in Switzerland last April once again the first such coin ever so selected Juan Antonio Samaranch President of the I O C and the Director of the U S Mint both honored this event by their presence To synchronize our moral compasses The wonders of Special Olympics are not restricted to activities by parents and siblings or by leaders of government or by the absence of drugs or the help given by volunteers or academic institutions and the International Olympic Committee leaders Help often comes from unexpected places All of you have ridden in Otis Elevators But did you ever think that an elevator company would sponsor an athletic program I never did But thousands of Otis Elevator Company s employees have given countless hours volunteering for Special Olympics Mr J P van Rooy Chairman and CEO of Otis Elevator recently accepted a position on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors In their house publication entitled Team Otis and Special Olympics International J P states For companies workplace giving becomes a requirement but it misses the most important aspect the personal individual commitment and involvement It bypasses the company s people as an untapped resource Special Olympics with its worldwide appeal and its reliance on volunteers was the right match for this successful world class multi domestic worldwide corporation Once again those are not my words They were spoken by the Chairman and CEO of Otis Elevator In every country where Otis operates 45 in all there is a Team Otis working with Special Olympics athletes every day Next the Fleet Bank the eighth largest banking system in our country decided to support Special Olympics They resolved that their commitment would go far beyond writing checks They wanted to find innovative

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