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Oprah Winfrey talks with Timothy Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics,who shares how he created a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Together, Oprah and Timothy discuss why he feels courage and grit are fundamental to success.
Note:  This full episode is time sensitive. It is one of the best interviews I’ve heard and that’s saying a lot because quite frankly Super Soul Sunday is perhaps the best life enhancing series currently available.
 Timothy Shriver interviewed by Oprah Winfrey 
Super Soul Sunday_November 23, 2014​

Left:  Eunice, John F., Rosemary, Jean, father Joseph P., Edward, wife Rose, Joseph Jr., Patricia, Robert F. and Kathleen Kennedy​_Britain_1939


Eunice Kennedy Shriver dancing with special needs kids at a ‘Danceathon’ benefit Circa? 1970s


​​On a quest for what matters most, Timothy Shriver discovers a radically different, inspiring way of life.

At a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, we look for the very best teachers and mentors to guide us. In Fully Alive, an unusual and gripping memoir, Timothy Shriver shows how his teachers have been the world’s most forgotten minority: people with intellectual disabilities. In these pages we meet the individuals who helped him come of age and find a deeper and more meaningful way to see the world.

​Shriver’s journey begins close to home, where the quiet legacy of his aunt Rosemary, a Kennedy whose intellectual disability kept her far from the limelight, inspired his family to devote their careers to helping the most vulnerable. He plays alongside the children of Camp Shriver, his mother’s revolutionary project, which provided a space for children with intellectual disabilities to play, and years later he gains invaluable wisdom from the incredible athletes he befriends as chairman of the organization it inspired, Special Olympics. Through these experiences and encounters with scholars, spiritual masters, and political icons such as Nelson Mandela, Shriver learns how to find humility and speak openly of vulnerability and faith.

Fully Alive is both a moving personal journey and a meditation on some of the greatest wisdom and the greatest contradictions of our society. Is disability to be feared or welcomed, pitied or purged? Shriver argues that we all have different abilities and challenges we should embrace. Here we see how those who appear powerless have turned this seeming shortcoming into a power of their own, and we learn that we are all totally vulnerable and valuable at the same time.

Maureen Orth nominates the Shriver siblings for their public service with a smile
by Maureen Orth
Vanity Fair 2011
 ​Bobby, Anthony, Mark, Maria and Timothy 
Siblings of the late ​Eunice Kennedy Shriver & the late Sargent Shriver
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Because they are undaunted by having such enormous shoes to fill: Their mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who died in 2009 at the age of 88, was a hurricane of energy, possessed of fierce faith and will. She founded the Special Olympics and changed the fate of millions of the intellectually disabled worldwide.
Their father, Sargent Shriver, equally iconic, who died in 2011 at the age of 95, was the founding director of the Peace Corps, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. He also led L.B.J.’s War on Poverty, was a vice-presidential candidate and ambassador to France, co-founded Foster Grandparents, and served as president of the Special Olympics.
Because the Shriver siblings have followed their parents’ example and distinguished themselves by embracing public service:
Bobby, 56, the former mayor of Santa Monica, ushered in the current era of Third World celebrity causes by introducing Bono to Washington, D.C., and advocating with him for debt relief in Africa. Together they created the highly successful (Product) Red to raise money to fight AIDS there.
Maria, 55, the former First Lady of California and the wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, has written six best-selling books, won three Emmys—two as executive producer of HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project (Sargent Shriver was a victim of the disease)—and helped create the annual Women’s Conference to inspire and empower women.
Timothy, 51, the current C.E.O. of the Special Olympics, is a gifted writer and blogger on religious and moral issues. Mark, 47, who served two terms in the Maryland state legislature, is vice president and managing director of U.S. programs for Save the Children. Anthony, 45, is the founder of Best Buddies International, a mentoring program for the intellectually disabled, now with 1,500 chapters in schools and colleges worldwide. 
Because among them they have 19 children, who are also being groomed to serve.
Camille Mitchell

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