Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver opened the first Special Olympics game just seven weeks after her brother Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. Today, by one estimate, more than three million Special Olympic athletes from all 50 states and 181 countries around the world take part in year-round training for the games.