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Special Olympics a source of inspiration

Carroll County carries a certain closeness to the Special Olympics. While the Games weren't quite born in Westminster, there's a familial tie, by way of marriage, that binds the two together. Sargent Shriver was born in Westminster, on his family's farm just off Old New Windsor Road. Shriver was elected president of the Special Olympics in 1984, and was appointed chairman of its board six years later, in 1990. But, it was his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics. Eunice Kennedy Shriver's older sister, Rosemary, was born with intellectual disabilities, playing at least a partial inspiration to what would become a central mission to Mrs. Kennedy...

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