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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
    is a Special Olympics athlete Third 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 achievement that count Fourth Special Olympics is open to competitors of all ages So we have medal winners who are 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 Fifth 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 also totally free of performance enhancing drugs Although we demand the best from everyone and we emphasize that competition brings out the best we re not interested in victory achieved by drugs Why Because we are interested in enhancing the innate abilities of everyone increasing their self esteem and self confidence and improving them physically psychologically and spiritually Sixth Our philosophy does not include the belief that sports are an end in and of themselves We do not permit sports to dominate us or our athletes We use sports to help people develop not to inhibit or conflict with their development in other areas Seventh Special Olympics involves the parents and siblings of our athletes Families help to coach and train their Special Olympics athlete They provide transportation They sit on Boards of Directors They raise money Twelve thousand parents and siblings attended our 1995 Special Olympics World 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 parents of a Special Olympics athlete They sat in specially reserved seats Eighth In 1988 Special Olympics was formally recognized by the International Olympic Committee IOC We are the only sports organization other than the International Olympics authorized to use the word Olympics in our title Ninth Special Olympics lights a candle of hope for all of the 175 million people with mental retardation now alive in the world They know that what Special Olympics athletes do today they will be able to do some day in their own towns and cities They know that Special Olympics recognizes the God given beauty inside every human being When my wife started Special Olympics back in 1968 no one had ever heard or dreamed of Unified Sports It was also years before experienced and competent coaches and leaders within the Special Olympics Movement itself suddenly realized that thousands of athletes within Special Olympics were as good or better athletes than many athletes of normal intelligence outside of Special Olympics So these athletes and coaches said Let s put us all together Today 50 000 persons with normal intelligence are playing competitive sports with 50 000 mentally retarded persons Basketball teams bowling teams soccer teams golf teams tennis teams now

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - 1998 Special Olympics Speech
    cannot achieve You are a loser we are saying You are valued You can achieve and You are a winner You need only hear from a few Special Olympic Athletes and their family members to grasp the Movement s ability to change lives Edward Hunnicutt who participates in our urban program in Dallas Texas says I was headed down the wrong path but now I am into a lot of great things and my jump shot gets better all the time Brazilian athlete Emilia de Souza Camargo says simply Special Olympics has changed my life All of the other girls say hello to me now and ask me to play with them I love Special Olympics because it has helped me become a part of everyone else s world And that is what the Special Olympics miracle is about It is part of this miracle that respected leaders from so many disparate nations around the world recognize and hail the life affirming work of Special Olympics From Pope John Paul II to Prince Charles from Czech President Vaclav Havel to President Salfaro of Italy to the Union of South Africa to the political leaders of the People s Republic of China Taiwan Singapore Hong Kong to all the countries of South Asia South America and the huge populations of China India Indonesia and Russia Special Olympics is officially approved There are Special Olympic Programs in the Middle East in Israel Egypt Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Palestine Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates More and more we are touching the lives of people who have no yet had access to the myriad of benefits Special Olympics offers We are bypassing the barriers of race gender religion and nationality Together we are doing no less than creating a new global reality But and there is always a but while Special Olympics currently reaches more than one million athletes there are 175 million people around the world with mental retardation Each one of the 175 million rich and poor young and old deserves a chance at a more meaningful fulfilling and joyful life Each one of the 175 million deserves Special Olympics To reach out to these 175 million is our continuing mission and one which our present and future corporate sponsors play a vital role in Even heroes after all need heroes Our Movement s list of Corporate heroes reads like a list of some of the world s most successful and prestigious companies You can see their names proudly waving on banners at our World Games and other events Coca Cola which along with Kodak is founding sponsor of the Movement has been a Special Olympics Worldwide sponsor for 30 years Procter and Gamble a marketing partner for almost 20 years has helped educate millions of consumers about Special Olympics while raising millions of dollars through a yearly coupon mailing promotion Shopko has raised over a million dollars in one day through its Golf Tournament which benefits Special Olympics Programs in

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Remarks at the Dedication of the Peace Corps Building
    Christian faiths are committed to peace worldwide for all peoples Without such a motivation and conviction how could so many hundreds of men and women in our first days suddenly have appeared out of nowhere and from everywhere and pledged their service back in 1961 to this totally new and unprecedented Federal Government initiative described as The Peace Corps If the Peace Corps had not been a new idea from a new and young President if the Peace Corps Headquarters had not been swamped by Volunteers eager to embody this new idea and carry it to the poorest and most helpless people on earth if the Volunteers had not been servants receiving less pay than privates in the Army Navy or Air Force less pay than any people in government and willing to live and work alongside some of the poorest people on earth the Peace Corps would never have been an unprecedented success In years gone by human beings from within the most powerful and richest countries had never volunteered to serve and live alongside the least of their fellow human beings not Ancient Romans or Greeks or Egyptians not ancient Chinese or Indians not Muslims Hindi Jews or Christians Only exceptional religious Saints ever sacrificed their lives completely for others But the youth of our country did exactly that in 1961 When I had to leave the Peace Corps in 1965 no one was allowed to serve more than five years we had 14 500 Volunteers overseas Today we have only 6 500 In succeeding years I watched with great interest and with great concern as the number of Volunteers shrank to less than 5 000 by the mid 1980s During those years there were times when the viability of the agency itself was threatened And it was only because of the courage of many of you in this room the core supporters of the Peace Corps and what it stands for and who recognize its promise that the Peace Corps persevered Finally finally in January 1998 President Clinton proposed that the Peace Corps be authorized to reach 10 000 Volunteers by the year 2000 A D Thanks be to God for that new proposal and thanks to President Clinton for his vision in beginning the growth of the Peace Corps once again Today I have no doubt that the Peace Corps should have 20 000 or 30 000 or 40 000 Volunteers serving overseas They would represent the spiritual strength of our country Foreigners would see us as a people interested in more than military power more than economic power more than political power We would be the first dominant nation in world history to recognize and represent the pre eminence of the spirit in each of our citizens and in our country s laws and practices not our bellicose strength not our economic power but our faith in God and in The Good News He has been teaching and exemplifying for thousands of years I talk

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Address at the Embassy of the Netherlands
    a superb setting in which to welcome the Corporation leaders who have travelled from all around the world to celebrate this evening with you and with all of us from the Special Olympics Headquarters It is most appropriate that we gather here in your presence Mr Ambassador Your distinguished career in the diplomatic service of your country has given you an unusual perhaps even unique knowledge of most of the 153 countries which now participate in the Special Olympics Movement which now reaches 1 250 000 European citizens Your recent service as Chair of the European Union s Political Committee took place as we at Special Olympics opened our own European Eurasian Headquarters which represents Special Olympics in every one of the 50 nations on the Europe Eurasia Continent Our minds and our hearts are working in unison Special Olympics in your country now has enrolled 14 500 athletes who compete in thirteen different sports Athletes from the Netherlands have participated in the last three World Wide Special Olympics Games In the year 2000 A D Groningen will be the site of the first European Special Olympics Games of the 21st Century All of us look forward to those Games which will be one of the largest sporting events in Europe that year More than 2 000 athletes from every one of the 50 countries will participate and they will demonstrate their skill and courage over 10 days of competition I invite everyone present this evening to join us at those first European Special Olympics Games of the 21st Century Let s make a date to meet once again on May 26 in the year 2000 in Groningen Mr Ambassador we know that you have many important duties In order to ensure that you don t forget the dates of

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the Special Olympics Team Summit
    a miracle that with your involvement executives scientists engineers bio physicists accountants lawyers the most intelligent people in the world will be working to inspire and lead the least intelligent That surely is something special Another example of the special ness of our Movement were the first ever Asia Pacific Games held in Shanghai China Fifteen nations participated Not only were the Games extraordinarily well managed and fully supported by the Chinese Government the Opening Ceremonies were witnessed by an approximate 121 million people throughout the People s Republic of China via State controlled TV Yan Mingfu Vice Minister of Civil Affairs said The Special Olympics Movement kindles the flames of life of handicapped people It calls forth a yearning for the true the good and the beautiful Pushed by the Movement China has sent many sports teams of mentally handicapped people to participate in international Special Olympics sports competitions They have demonstrated their unyielding will and indomitable spirit It is sport Special Olympics sport that opens closed hearts and makes people share and enjoy happy lives along with non handicapped people No high ranking official of any country has ever spoken more eloquently about Special Olympics than this Chinese official of a communist country Thirty years ago in 1968 when my wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver started Special Olympics with 1 200 athletes in Chicago no one not even her husband would have predicted the unprecedented worldwide success which Special Olympics has achieved Often I think that all of us together must be doing something blessed by God Just pause for 15 seconds Ask yourselves now what sports organization on earth has grown from 1 200 athletes in 1968 to 1 250 000 athletes in 1998 What other sports organization in history has achieved full blown Olympic status so quickly and the right to use the very word Olympics in its official title Only Special Olympics has been granted and achieved that status What sports organization now or at any other time has enrolled 1 062 164 volunteers in its work in 143 countries What other sports organization has unqualified endorsements of the leaders of the Communist China together with The Pope John Paul II in Rome Of Nelson Mandela in Southernmost Africa and the Eskimo Leader Augapak in the North Pole reaches of Alaska The answer can only be Special Olympics Why does a six billion dollar leader of American Business like Ronald Perelman help Special Olympics alongside the 5 000 dollar a year President of Sierra Leone What non profit organization has been voted The Most Credible Charity in America by The Chronicle of Philanthropy one of the largest and most respected periodicals dedicated to the world of charity The answer again can only be Special Olympics Now let me ask you some questions which relate specifically to your business interests What charity is now operational in practically every country where you do business and will be in every country of the entire world by the year 2000

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Remarks at the Theodore M. Berry Lecture Series at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    Poverty Most Americans don t realize that those programs were started by the War Against Poverty including the famous Ronald Reagan who was totally unaware of the origins of those programs even though Mrs Reagan was herself a participant in the Foster Grandparents Program in California in its earliest days Despite his dedication to the War Against Poverty in general and Community Action specifically Ted Berry experienced racial discrimination himself In the early history of the War Against Poverty I asked Ted Berry and two other high level officials in the War Edgar May and Don Baker to go with Ted to Mississippi for the purpose of investigating a program which was quite popular but controversial in that State The Program was known as CDGM It was located in Jackson Mississippi From the very moment that Ted and Edgar May and Don Baker sat down for breakfast in a restaurant in Jackson where they were accompanied by some local leaders from that State they found that their group had increased to eight persons so they needed to have two tables sitting four apiece Ted was at one table and the other War Against Poverty persons with Ted at that table were all white Mississippi taught all of them however a lesson that no one of them have ever forgotten The table with four white persons from the War Against Poverty were served expeditiously and politely But the table where Ted Berry was seated with three white men from the War Against Poverty waited forty five to fifty minutes before any waiter came to take their orders Nevertheless Ted and his white colleagues waited patiently And by doing so gave an unforgettable experience to all the seven white men who were at that breakfast at that Mississippi restaurant Here s another story told to me by Sandy MacNabb who was a Special Assistant to Ted Berry This occurred in 1969 when Ted made another trip to Mississippi Here s what happened when Ted and his group entered a general store which was part of a gas station near the Mississippi Alabama line Standing squarely in the middle of the store was a middle aged man with a sheriff s badge pinned to his suspenders He looked at the several well dressed and mature Black and white men and asked Where you boys from Ted Berry answered and said We are from Washington D C What do you do up there the sheriff probed Without batting an eye Ted reached out his hand to shake and announced that he was Theodore M Berry and that he had been appointed by the President of the United States to serve as the National Director of the Community Action Program and that the group had been touring and inspecting Community Action Agencies throughout the state This of course was a lot for the sheriff to absorb The sheriff then said You boys seen any violence since you been down here They said no The sheriff

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Special Olympics
    Georgetown Prep School There must be 95 to 100 houses on the land I m talking about Why am I bothering you with these details I am doing so because on that very land right here in Montgomery County the very idea and the original experimental work for Special Olympics took place Before all the new houses were built that Montgomery County land is exactly where Special Olympics was born created and brought to world wide attention How By the volunteer spirit and intellectual vision of my wife Eunice Shriver Sure Eunice was born up there in Massachusetts with all the famous Kennedys but she invented Special Olympics right here in Maryland in your State Governor Glendening in Montgomery County Chief Executive Doug Duncan in your district Congresswoman Morella Special Olympics now operates in 153 countries worldwide more than 1 250 000 athletes with mental retardation compete in Special Olympics everywhere on earth every week every month every year The World Wide Headquarters are here in the capital of our country Washington D C which itself enlists on Maryland land Communists in China and Cuba and their leaders participate in Special Olympics rich and poor people in all the democratic countries participate old and young persons with mental retardation participate The sun never sets on Special Olympics All of this started right here under our feet so to speak Yet no plaque has been placed on the land nor has any monument been erected to mark the place where full scale competitive sports for persons with mental retardation started Isn t it time for us all to claim and luxuriate in the glory of having started the largest world wide athletic program in this Century the first optimistic and successful program for the 175 000 000 persons with mental retardation now living everywhere on earth No other piece of land on earth can claim a greater birthplace for a greater new Movement in the 20th Century So let s claim what we deserve We are the place where my wife Eunice first brought together athletic coaches experts on mental retardation and perfectly normal high school and college students as aides or helpers to participate in various athletic events and games with persons with mental retardation Why did she do this Simply because she had come to the belief even the conviction that persons with mental retardation could do many things athletically that no one had ever given them credit for So she experimental like a scientist And she succeeded She soon had persons with mental retardation swimming climbing trees running races riding on ponies She did this every summer here in Maryland beginning in 1962 Then she invited people in other states towns and cities to copy what she was doing with the mentally retarded And she paid them for their time and efforts with Kennedy Foundation money Soon she had programs in 20 States copying her Games Sure those athletic programs were all small but everywhere they proved that

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the American Cinematheque Salute to Arnold Schwarzenegger
    heavens above For he does shine day and night every day and night all over the world He glows with admiration and love for his multi gifted wife and for his four charming children He was and is an exemplary and devoted admirer of his courageous Mother His face beams when he talks about her He has revolutionized the way all of Austria and its citizens relate to the world not as the center of a conquering Empire as it once was but as a worthy participant in the compassionate New World necessary for the survival of humanity in the 21st Century He is popular everywhere in The Peoples Republic of China in Russia in Japan in South America in Africa and of course here in our beloved States of the U S A No wonder he shines truly like the SUN everywhere around the earth For all persons see him as the strongest of men physically as the most loyal and devoted of man to his glorious Maria and their precious children as a Father who never fails to fulfill his responsibilities not only with his pocketbook but with his heart And finally and most difficult of all as

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