MILWAUKEE -- Two hundred people were on hand to watch Timothy Shriver recently receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, a partner with St. Coletta of Wisconsin with facilities in Jefferson.
Shriver received the award in recognition of his continued pledge to bring critical awareness and advancement to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Shriver's mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded Special Olympics and sparked a global movement toward the acceptance and inclusion of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. What was once a humble start as a summer camp at the Shriver's residence, Special Olympics has become the leading organization to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The impact Special Olympics continues to make on a global level is profound. People's lives have drastically changed from the strength and support they have received through Special Olympics and offered them a life that some could only dream of.
Each Special Olympian is responsible for leading their own charge, but the oath they take prior to competing in the games remains the same. "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." Eunice Kennedy Shriver started with a vision 50 years ago and today, it has become an international crusade.
Shriver joined Special Olympics in 1996 and has spent much of his adult life focusing on the betterment of vulnerable populations. As chairman of the board, he leads the Special Olympics International Board of Directors and serves together with over 5.6 million Special Olympics athletes in 172 countries to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports.
"Tonight was a wonderful celebration of our mission. St. Coletta proudly served Rosemary Kennedy for 48 years and like everyone we serve, was provided a life of compassion, dignity and respect. We were honored to have Tim Shriver with us tonight and you couldn't be more thankful for the work he has done to further awareness for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities," said Ted Behncke, president of St. Coletta.