Shriver trib­ute events planned

Los Angeles Times - - National Briefing - — times wire re­ports

Ath­letes and vol­un­teers around the world will pay trib­ute Satur­day to the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the pres­i­den­tial sis­ter who founded the Spe­cial Olympics, by par­tic­i­pat­ing in events hon­or­ing her legacy as a cham­pion of the men­tally dis­abled.

The more than 100 events from Florida to Ire­land in­clude ded­i­ca­tions, clin­ics and com­pe­ti­tions, said her son, Ti­mothy Shriver, the Spe­cial Olympic chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Shriver died in Au­gust 2009 at 88 af­ter a se­ries of strokes.

The sis­ter of Pres­i­dent Kennedy and the late Sen. Ed­ward Kennedy has been cred­ited with trans­form­ing Amer­ica’s view of the men­tally dis­abled.

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