Eunice Kennedy Shriver

1988

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Founder and chair of Special Olympics International, Eunice Kennedy Shriver chaired the International Special Olympics Games at Notre Dame during the summer of 1987. More than 4,000 mentally handicapped athletes from 60 countries took part. As director of her family’s foundation, she supported several efforts to improve the manner in which mentally handicapped citizens are treated in their societies. Her brother, President John F. Kennedy, received the Medal in 1961; and her husband, Sargent, received it in 1968.