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Moose Mourn Passing of Special Olympics Founder
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921-2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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 program.

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 work.

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 Shriver.

William B. Airey
Director General

Shawn M. Baile
Director, Fraternal Programs





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