archive-org.com » ORG » S » SARGENTSHRIVER.ORG

Total: 624

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address to the NACAA National Forum on Poverty
    with stereotypes that stigmatize them as lazy violent and ignorant And when we see successes among us the immigrant family which has fled oppression abroad and found opportunity in America the African American or Latino who has risen to national prominence the woman who has become a leader in her field too often we also hear muttering that they didn t really deserve it that their success was not due to hard work sacrifice and ability but to something called quotas or Affirmative Action I believe that we must seize every opportunity to eliminate those who use the public discourse to spread that kind of misinformation and sow the seeds of disunity among us We cannot continue the tremendous story of American achievement with liberty and opportunity for all if we fight harder at denying our diversity than we do at seeking out all the talent we can obtain from the greatness of the diversity In short I believe we must face our future with a vision based on the best qualities of our successful past and the greatest demands of the challenging future No nation exceeds ours in our readiness and our abilities to meet the challenges of the future Man for man woman for woman family for family we must be ready and happy to face all challenges and overcome them No nation should be better than ours in this new struggle for economic success with political and religious freedom for all From that vision I believe we must shape the public and private sector policies that will lead us toward the fulfillment of our destiny and not into the darkness of isolation from one another and from the rest of the world community The American character has been described as optimistic generous self confident and yes even a little bit naive Americans have also believed that their nation blessed with abundant resources and protected by two great oceans was a special place on earth In the words of those who settled the New England states it was a shining city on a hill Those who came before us set out to achieve that vision not everything that was done was done well We endured the shame of slavery and the destruction of native cultures We struggled with those who wanted to close the door to America to anyone who wanted to come after them But the dream continued We admitted our errors and we kept trying We never gave up the idea of what America could be if we could just get it right We cannot give in to those who in this difficult age say that we must pause and seek out those who should be punished for our problems and then perhaps begin our journey again those who would argue that our democratically elected government is our oppressor and who would justify the actions of a Unabomber or the attack on the federal building in Oklahoma only a year ago this very morning In my

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/speech-article/address-to-the-nacaa-national-forum-on-poverty (2015-03-27)
    Open archived version from archive


  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Speech to Dinner in Honor of Special Olympics Argentina
    the biggest athletic event in the world in 1995 The Yale University School of Medicine the Yale Law School and the Divinity School staged three Symposia on the medical legal and ethical issues confronting persons with MR World Wide They produced a day long conference on Mental Retardation at the United Nations experts on mental retardation came from 26 nations This was the first time in the 50 year history of the UN that any such Conference on Mental Retardation had ever taken place Now this Academic Focus on Mental Retardation has been made an integral part of our World Games Another first such event in history Our 1999 World Games will be held at three universities in North Carolina Duke University of North Carolina and North Carolina State Already these Universities led by Duke University have announced they will continue these academic gatherings studies and publications on mental retardation And that again is unprecedented in Academic History anywhere 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 10 000 000 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 out to one million of them through Special Olympics 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 Argentina is going with us We are destined to bring the benefit of sports to all persons with mental retardation In fact Pope John Paul II issued a personal letter of commendation to Special Olympics He signed the letter himself It was the first time the Vatican ever saluted a sports program The President of the U S Fidel Castro in Cuba Lech Walesa in Poland Vaclav Havel in the Czech Republic the President of South Africa and the King of Saudi Arabia all have endorsed Special Olympics But the most important endorsement from your country s point of view has come from your own President Dr Carlos Menem Although President Menem could not join us this evening I would like you all to know that my wife and I had a wonderful meeting this morning with him and members of his Cabinet in which I thanked him for naming Special Olympics Argentina of National Interest This is the first time a president of any country has ever made such a declaration of endorsement of a National Program All of you here with us this evening should feel proud for this unique demonstration of leadership

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/speech-article/speech-to-dinner-in-honor-of-special-olympics-argentina (2015-03-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address to the Fourth Annual Trustee Dinner of the Catholic Theological Union
    to help me and millions like me to acquire the training and the knowledge and the discipline to build such an edifice or perhaps even better put it on the Internet Incidentally I have looked through the C T U catalogue and although one might assume that such a training is already being offered in the expansive array of courses the words love and understanding are totally missing Yet Saint Augustine of Hippo charges us to boldly and faithfully declare the necessity and value of love and understanding Perhaps we all need to turn to the Master Teacher the Rabbi Jesus And where does He take us He takes us to a different kind of school where God dwells and Jesus embraces the little children the poor the sick the outcasts the forgotten ones These He declares are the bricks the stones and the mortar needed to help build the very edifice of love and understanding which shall endure forever While schools of all kinds teach students to stack up our arguments of logic and theory and self examination Jesus tells us we must build and live within an edifice of love by living among the little ones whom He embraces I have been taught about this edifice by those who in our world don t have the wherewithal to teach anything to anyone those human beings with mental retardation That s the irony of Jesus We are summoned by Him to be taught the way of love and understanding by those who are the voiceless and the powerless of our times It all began for me when Eunice and I first visited the brand new St Coletta s School in Palos Park About four nuns and 15 or 20 mentally handicapped persons were living and working there They had just come to this Archdiocese from Colorado Cardinal Stritch invited them to come here We arrived at the front door of what turned out to be a make shift school house When we arrived the children s classes were just stopping so they came running out helter skelter When they saw us they came running toward us They grabbed our hands shook them even kissed them They were exuberant running around gleefully welcoming us I almost staggered around wondering what to do with them The nuns tried to calm them down but they continued gleefully to welcome and entertain us with their joyful antics But they were also a bit odd looking a bit awkward their bodies out of balance But they were so happy happy happy But I asked myself then and often do so now Why does God make these people with mental handicap What knowledge are they created to teach us Finally I have learned they teach us what many highly educated people have never learned 1 They teach us compassion for they love everyone 2 They teach us joy for they delight in us in holding our hand in just being with us 3 They give

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/speech-article/address-to-the-fourth-annual-trustee-dinner-of-the-catholic-theological-union (2015-03-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks at the Sand Diego Padres Luncheon
    with normal intelligence that we can and should be truly one nation under God with liberty and justice for all In Special Olympics we do not believe that sports are an end in themselves We do not permit sports to dominate us or our athletes Instead we use sports to help us and all our athletes to develop in all areas of life To do this we involve the parents and siblings of our athletes Families help to coach and train their own Special Olympics athlete Family members provide transportation They sit on boards of directors they raise money Last years 10 000 parents and siblings attended our World Games They were housed fed and transported free of charge by Volunteer host families in the State of Connecticut I am often asked What is the secret of Special Olympics success How are you able to achieve so much Let me share the secret of our success with you It is a simple secret but as with the Peace Corps it is revolutionizing our modem world Volunteers Volunteers are our secret Almost everyone in Special Olympics volunteers Our latest estimate reveals that approximately one million persons volunteer annually to serve in the Special Olympics Movement So o o o 500 paid employees coach lead and manage 1 100 000 Special Olympics athletes and in 30 000 annual events in 143 countries We get the biggest bang for the One hundred dollars per annum per athlete in our cost of operations No athletic program comes even close to our cost benefit record Last summer 62 000 Volunteers worked together to manage and stage our World Games Accountants journalists bankers bus drivers and faculty members from all of Connecticut s colleges volunteered Dentists and optometrists gave dental and eye care examinations free of charge to everyone of the 7 200 athletes competing in the Games The Labor Union Workers of Connecticut gave 714 000 worth of their time and talent free Without this army of Volunteers these Special Olympics World Games could not have been produced for 34 000 000 Yale University economists estimate our Games would have cost 100 million dollars if our Volunteers had been paid workers All of you have ridden in Otis elevators But did you ever think that an elevator company would sponsor a sports and athletic program I never did But today the Otis Elevator Company supports us financially and thousands of their employees around the world have given countless hours as Special Olympics volunteers Why all this from an elevator company J P van Rooy Chairman and CEO of Otis explained his company s decision in these words For many companies workplace giving has become a requirement but financial giving misses the most important aspect the personal individual commitment and involvement Required workplace giving bypasses the company s people as an untapped resource Special Olympics with its worldwide appeal and its reliance on volunteers has captured our people who are human beings before and after their

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/speech-article/remarks-at-the-sand-diego-padres-luncheon (2015-03-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address to the Alexandria Rotary Club
    Special Olympics thus involved the parents and siblings of our athletes They provide transportation They sit on Boards of Directors They raise money Over 10 000 parents and siblings attended our last International Summer Games They were housed fed and transported free of charge by volunteer hosts and families They sat in specially reserved seats Our latest estimate reveals that approximately 1 000 000 persons volunteer annually in the Special Olympics Movement worldwide Less than 500 paid employees manage 1 100 000 Special Olympics athletes and games in 143 countries Sixty two thousand volunteers worked to help manage and stage the 1995 World Games Without this army of volunteers these Games could not have been produced for 34 000 000 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 Yale University 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 worldwide President Clinton and his wife Hillary came to our Opening Ceremonies Seven thousand two hundred athletes and thirty five hundred coaches from 143 countries 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 In Connecticut alone 62 000 people volunteered their time Two days before the Games began the Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Deputy Strobe Talbot hosted a banquet at the State Department in Washington for 250 foreign dignitaries scientists politicians medical doctors and lawyers who were all dedicated to the ideals of Special Olympics The United States Mint produced new silver 1 commemorative coins 800 000 of them in honor of the Games The wonders of the 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 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 ways to partner their employees and their customers in

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/speech-article/address-to-the-alexandria-rotary-club (2015-03-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remembrance of Loret Miller Ruppe
    Under her leadership The Peace Corps survived threats to its very existence and carried out its mission without political partisanship without selfish or purely nationalistic objectives and without greed More than ever it has become a brilliant exemplification of what American ideals are all about In fact not just in rhetoric what is America all about America at its best is about giving rather than getting about the future rather than the past about what still needs to be done rather than self satisfaction about what has been done Those are the elements of Loret s mysterious legacy to us I say mysterious because she rarely if ever talked publicly about such things At least not to me She certainly never expressed publicly any such motives But her very life day by day year by year proclaimed her commitment to and faith in the belief that all men and women too are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness that Governments exist to further those rights and objectives in our own land and everywhere on earth She knew that peace on earth could never be achieved by individual selfishness or solely by military power or economic greed She personified therefore the spirit of the Peace Corps In her and through her that spirit shined forth and was seen by all While she herself remained modest the Peace Corps grew in public approval within all nations and among all peoples Even as she achieved these public triumphs Loret never failed to fulfill her responsibilities as a wife and mother joyful to her family and dedicated to the success of its members Her devoted husband Phil and all her children are with us today They are full of grief

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/speech-article/remembrance-of-loret-miller-ruppe (2015-03-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks at the Special Olympics Annual Conference in 1996
    industry in the USA Did we have to work hard with the music industry to get this income Practically speaking none of us has had to raise a hand Leaders in that industry came to us Jimmy and Vicki Iovine Herb Albert and Jerry Moss volunteered their time and skill to Special Olympics And do you know that Procter and Gamble also came to us They sought out Special Olympics because they had heard from their own advertising agency in Chicago that Special Olympics was something totally new exciting different private voluntary staffed and led mostly by volunteers P G came 17 years ago and has never left P G has never worked with one private philanthropy for so long a time Why am I reciting this litany so to speak of miraculous happenings in Special Olympics history The answer is basic and simple We had better never modify let alone violate the principles established by Eunice Kennedy and her associates of whom I rank myself as one of many original skeptics If it ain t broke don t fix it Remember that old and accurate statement We today might even improve that truism by saying Let all of us who are mere followers adhere to the vision and practice and structure which have brought success to Special Olympics everywhere So let us all rejoice Especially let us thank Eunice Kennedy without her no one of us would be here If we have jobs we like let us thank her for directly or indirectly creating those jobs Without her mentally handicapped persons might well be still incarcerated in giant hopeless government institutions here in the USA just as they still are in many countries outside the USA If some of our moribund State Programs in the USA and around the world have been closed down by Special Olympics Headquarters and then reorganized and rejuvenated into new success let us thank her for keeping our feet to the fire for never being satisfied with what has been done instead of focusing on what still needs to be done In the last ten years or so Special Olympics Programs have been closed down and then rejuvenated in seven states within the USA and in fifteen countries outside the USA Progress has truly been our most important product in all of those places and must continue to be so for tens and scores of years to come Why Because there are 170 000 000 persons on earth with mental retardation and we are reaching and helping only 1 250 000 of them Our work has only begun But once again let us rejoice that God has blessed our efforts so far and Eunice has been here to keep our eyes on the job the job of reaching all persons with mental retardation in all of our states in the USA and in all countries on earth Is mere growth in numbers our only or main criteria for success Certainly it is not Along with growth we need always to improve the quality of our product and the quality of our own individual work Quality may be measured in many ways First how many of our athletes have become happier members of happy families How many parents and siblings have been successfully encouraged and helped to participate in ways improving themselves as well as a family member who is retarded What do all family members do better now than the predecessors did in the 1950 s 60s 70s and 80s Much has in fact been achieved but here and around the world huge problems for mentally handicapped persons and for their families remain Forgetting momentarily our own families have we changed the attitudes and outlook of obstetricians gynecologists pediatricians and other leaders in medicine Are we prepared for a Doctor Kevorkian who will not only assist the elderly and sick and despondent to die but encourage young mothers to get rid of newborn babies or embryos with little chance of being or becoming perfect physically and mentally Today in China mothers can legally destroy babies or get others to destroy their babies upon request if the baby appears to be defective physically or even if the baby is a girl instead of a boy Ail Brave New World Aldous Huxley was right Back in the 1930 s he imagined such a world and predicted it would come Now we are in it and no US State or Court has successfully ruled that Dr Kevorkian cannot assist tormented and pain filled persons to kill themselves What s the difference between killing yourself because of immense pain or killing your baby because of its immense pain Notice I said its pain not his or her pain Today babies are its before they are his or hers Improving the quality of Special Olympics does not only concern our success with our athletes physically but our success with them and their families and their schools and their neighbors and neighborhoods psychologically and spiritually Never forget please that the highest award in our World of Special Olympics is known as The Spirit of Special Olympics Medal That Spirit must be maintained and enhanced That Spirit is the heart of our Movement It is the source and test of our quality What we do and how we do it must be measured by how we individually and collectively maintain and exhibit the quality and the Spirit of our Movement Let me be blunt once again We are not only in the business of improving the physical abilities of our participants and thus their chances for a happy and productive life on earth We are in that business yes but we are also in the business of changing and improving the ways we and all of humanity looks upon The least of our brethren Our opportunity and our Mission may well be the best of any human endeavor in history Why Because we are revolutionizing humanity from the bottom up not

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/speech-article/remarks-at-the-special-olympics-annual-conference (2015-03-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Combined Federal Annual Giving Campaign Remarks
    us will be changed changed into people who respect our fellow human beings for what we can give to them not what they can give to us I ll give you an example of what I mean It s a new voluntary initiative which I find almost unbelievable Listen to this story 55 000 policemen and other law enforcement officials in the USA and abroad volunteer their time to participate in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run The Torch Run like the CFC is in large part a grass roots program giving local and federal law enforcement officers an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for what they believe in Just like you federal employees who serve the United States of America every day tirelessly and most recently under great stress of criticism and in extreme cases actual physical danger Why do 55 000 law enforcement officers go out into their communities promoting Special Olympics Last year they raised 8 million for Special Olympics Why do tens of thousands of federal employees contribute to the Combined Federal Annual Giving Campaign You do for some of the same reasons those law enforcement officers run You believe that we as Americans are fortunate to live in a country which offers each of us tremendous opportunities but the most tremendous of all is the opportunity TO GIVE BACK We believe it our duty as strongly as we believe in the fundamental right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness But just because something is a right doesn t mean it s free of charge The payment required is Service At Special Olympics almost all of the coaches the referees the medical doctors the police officers the starters and timers the lawyers and accountants the computer operators and the publicists nearly all work for nothing Something very new to the legal field No sports organization has so many volunteers over one million They give of themselves just as the athletes do for the love of sport for one another and for our athletes You may or may not know this but Special Olympics receives approximately half a million dollars a year from the CFC from you These monies are distributed throughout our US Programs in all fifty states and the District of Columbia That money is especially needed these days in the District of Columbia which for the last two years has not received monies already appropriated and specifically earmarked for Special Olympics by Congress as part of the D C Government s budget The Special Olympics Movement is a grass roots operation as is the CFC There are unique opportunities for volunteerism at the local level Participating in the Combined Federal Campaign is one way to demonstrate your generosity but so is volunteering for a favorite charity Volunteers are our secret Almost everyone in Special Olympics volunteers Our latest estimate reveals that approximately one million persons volunteer annually to serve in the Special Olympics Movement So less than 500 paid employees

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/speech-article/the-combined-federal-annual-giving-campaign-remarks (2015-03-27)
    Open archived version from archive