Her legacy will last
August 11, 2009 5:59 AM Subscribe
"Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt."
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver has left a lasting legacy
. In the 1962, Mrs. Shriver started a summer day camp in her back yard which would become Special Olympics
only eight years later. The first official Special Olympics games brought together 1,000 athletes from 26 US states and Canada. Special Olmpics has grown to more than 3 million athletes with local organizations in each US state and national organizations from 181 countries.
While Rosemary Kennedy
, Eunice's sister, is often credited as the inspiration behind the organization, the idea was originally brought forward by Judge Anne McGlone Burke
. That idea has lead to 41 years
of helping people succeed.