My movie would have never happened if it wasn’t for Tim Shriver, CEO for the Special Olympics. Tim is the Executive Producer of Front of the Class. We met years ago during a speaking engagement in Connecticut. Click here for a great article about when Tim Shriver and I first met at the event. Tim is a great guy and Nancy and I have really enjoyed getting to know him and his family.
I know this has been a difficult month for Tim and his family as he lost both his mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and his uncle, Ted Kennedy. Eunice was a pioneer in her own right as she was not only the sister to President John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy but also the founder of the Special Olympics. Although many people knew her as the wife of Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corp, Eunice did so much for this country and people as a whole. She stepped out into the world and told people it was ok to be different. We will no longer lock people up and hide them away if they are different. We will now appreciate differences and focus on one’s strengths, not their weaknesses. What started out a Camp Shriver in her backyard, eventually because what is now known as the Special Olympics which makes a difference for so many people.
Ted Kennedy made a difference also. It doesn’t matter what political background you come from, you must respect Ted for his passion and always believing in our country. The legacy he leaves behind is one that many Congressman live for.
It is on this day that I thank them for being the people they were…..people of passion and compassion for people who were a little different. And I think about Tim and his family during these tough times.
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