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Eunice Kennedy Shriver

The Extra Mile

 

—Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —

 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2015
1. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Marker
Inscription. When Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968, she envisioned a program of athletic competition for people with mental and developmental disabilities that sidelined prejudice and substituted opportunity and understanding. Through her advocacy, she has brought to millions of lives what all people deserve: A chance to experience self-worth, a chance to connect with their fellow man, a chance to live without walls.

“Special Olympics athletes are spokespersons for freedom itself — they ask for freedom to contribute, the freedom to belong, the freedom to contribute, the freedom to have a chance. And, of all values that unite and inspire us to seek a better world, no value holds a higher price than the value of freedom.”
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Points of Light Volunteer Pathway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.905′ N, 77° 1.957′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from G Street Northwest. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1405 G Street Northwest, Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929 - 1968 (within shouting distance of this marker); Helen Keller 1880 - 1969
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2015
2. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Juliette Gordon Low (within shouting distance of this marker); Cesar Chavez (within shouting distance of this marker); W. D. Boyce 1858 - 1929 (within shouting distance of this marker); Melvin Jones (within shouting distance of this marker); Ballington and Maud Booth (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ernest K. Coulter 1871 - 1952 (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Also see . . .  Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Points of Light. (Submitted on December 31, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2015
3. Eunice Kennedy Shriver
This 2009 portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver by David Lenz hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the creative force and organizer of Special Olympics, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization that provides training and competition in Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In 1962 she estab­lished a summer day camp at her home that became the basis for Special Olympics. In 1968 the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, working with the Chicago Park District, organized the First International Special Olympics Summer Games. Currently, Special Olympics serves more than 4 million children and adults from nearly 170 countries.

David Lenz was commissioned to paint this portrait as part of the first prize in NPG's inaugural Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Lenz embraced the idea of making a portrait of Eunice Shriver that would also include five persons with intellectual disabilities who have been involved in Special Olympics and in the Best Buddies program: (left to right) Airika Straka, Katie Meade, Andy Leonard, Loretta Claiborne, and Marty Sheets.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 7, 2016.
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