Michelle Obama Honored the Special Olympics Founder Tonight, And It’s Just Really Nice to See Her
Michelle Obama, who’s kept a relatively low profile since, you
know, came out briefly tonight, as always, for the greater
good. Since I’ve been watching her carpool karaoke on repeat with my mom, it’s
nice to have some fresh material.
In the spirit of Michelle, though, let’s talk about Eunice
Kennedy Shriver, to whom my one true FLOTUS came to award a
posthumous Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.
Shriver–sister of John F. Kennedy–founded the Special Olympics
in 1968, which she grew from a summer camp at her home into an
international event. “[Y]ou’d be hard pressed to find another
member of the family who’s done more,” her brother Edward had said in 2007, two years
before her death.
Through her passionate service, she made our world more
welcoming, inclusive, and fair. Not just for the athletes she
empowered, but for us all. She honored the highest traditions
of athletic history using sports to break barriers and change
hearts and minds. So alongside heroes like Jackie Robinson,
Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali, and Arthur Ashe, there’s
Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
And there’s Michelle Obama. “My mother would have loved you,”
says Shriver’s son Tim, who accepted the award on her behalf.
We miss you.