Mourn Passing of Special Olympics Founder
The leadership of Moose International, and
the 1.2 million men and women of the Loyal Order of Moose and
the Women of the Moose, sincerely mourned the passing on August
11 of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics
Though the relationship between Moose International and Special
Olympics North America is still in its infancy, the men and
women of the Moose fraternity have experienced many rewarding
years supporting Special Olympics programs in their local communities.
None of this would have been possible without the creativity,
enthusiasm, stewardship, and tenacity of Mrs. Shriver.
Mrs. Shriver’s recognition of the great life lessons that
Special Olympians can teach to all of us was truly visionary.
The opportunities for friendships and the sharing of common
interests between Special Olympians, families, partners and
volunteers have only been realized because of her tireless
And just as truly, Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s work, for which
she never sought or accepted personal benefit, set a sterling
example for us as fraternalists – in the knowledge that true
fulfillment in this life can only come from attempting to enrich
the lives of those less fortunate.
Our hearts have been saddened, yet we are proud that Moose
International will continue as a partner in strengthening Special
Olympics programs throughout North America – thereby helping
to continue the realization of Mrs. Shriver’s vision.
Our participation in Special Olympics allows us to truly “celebrate
life” in ways very few other programs can. It is in that spirit
that our Moose fraternity will continue to participate in Special
Olympics while celebrating the life and memory of Eunice Kennedy
William B. Airey
Shawn M. Baile
Director, Fraternal Programs