What Special Olympians Have Taught Timothy Shriver

Season 6 Episode 602
Aired on 11/23/2014 | CC tv-14
In 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Camp Shriver in her own backyard, providing a place where children with disabilities could run, swim and ride horses. In 1968, the organization expanded beyond Eunice's home when she launched the first-ever Special Olympics at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Eunice continued to head up the Special Olympics for many years thereafter, and her son Timothy Shriver grew up watching his mother change how society views intellectual disabilities. In 1996, Timothy carried on her legacy and became president of the organization.

So what have the Special Olympians taught Timothy? One of the many things, Timothy says, is trust. "Trusting the world with your dreams is scary for most of us," he says. "But these athletes taught me [that], even if you get disappointed, even if the world doesn't come through for you, do it again."

Find out what Timothy says he knows for sure about the power of vulnerability.

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