The following is an excerpt from the article titled Meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s grandchildren on a mission to carry her special Olympic torch published by People.
Now the Shriver cousins are following in their grandmother’s footsteps as ambassadors for the organization.
“It was ingrained in us since the day we were born,” says Christina, a producer and documentary filmmaker who helps Special Olympics with marketing ideas. “I was 6 or 7, and she would be like, ‘Are you starting a special Olympics chapter? Give me a list of 50 people – you’ll create it at the end of this week. “And I would be like, ‘Grandma, I do not even have a phone.’ But it was this mentality to ‘find out what the problem is and come up with a solution.’ “
The cousins got the best possible training after spending summers with Eunice at the family home in Maryland and Cape Cod.
“Immediately upon arrival, there were five different athletes that you would jump into the pool with or play sports with – it became a lifestyle,” said Kathleen, a journalism student at Columbia University who develops social media campaigns with Special Olympics. athletes.
Read more about the legacy of Eunice Kennedy’s Shriver in the July 19, 2021 issue of People.