Born In: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was an American philanthropist, best remembered for her contribution to charities for intellectually disabled people and for starting the 'Special Olympics,' the first-ever sports and athletic event for people with special needs. A prominent member of the Kennedy family, Shriver began her philanthropical pursuits at the 'Federal Industrial Institution for Women.' After she joined the 'Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation' as the executive vice president, Shriver began focusing more on improving the lives of mentally disabled children. She was a founding member of numerous university programs, health-care facilities, and government initiatives in the U.S., working to treat such incapacitated people. Shriver's immeasurable contributions have been acknowledged by many institutes, universities, and organizations that have honored her with awards, recognitions, and honorary degrees.
Also Known As: Eunice Mary Kennedy, Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver
Died At Age: 88
Spouse/Ex-: Sargent Shriver (m. 1953–2009)
father: Joseph P. Kennedy Sr
mother: Rose Fitzgerald
children: Anthony Shriver, Bobby Shriver, Maria Shriver, Mark Kennedy Shriver, Timothy Shriver
Born Country: United States
place of death: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States
Ancestry: Irish American
Notable Alumni: Manhattanville College
City: Brookline, Massachusetts
U.S. State: Massachusetts
education: Stanford University, Manhattanville College
In 1957, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was named the executive vice president of the 'Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.' Founded by ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. in 1946, the foundation was named after her oldest brother, Joseph Jr., a World War II martyr.
In 1961, Eunice Kennedy Shriver established the 'President's Panel on Mental Retardation,' which played a significant role in ensuring community integration in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. The following year, she became a founding member of the 'National Institute of Child Health and Human Development' (NICHD), which operated as part of the 'National Institutes of Health.' She started 'Camp Shriver' in her Maryland farm to aid special children. The camp eventually turned into the non-profit organization 'Special Olympics Inc.,' which was launched in 1968.
As a ‘Democrat,’ Eunice Kennedy Shriver released a full-page advertisement on 'The New York Times' to oppose "abortion on demand" during the 1992 'Democratic Convention.'
In 1995, Eunice Kennedy Shriver became the second American and the only woman in the country to be commemorated on currency coins. She was inducted into the 'National Women's Hall of Fame' in 1998.
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