It takes a special person to see the limitless potential of the human spirit. In 1962, one Marylander was such a person. "The Special Olympics movement began here in Maryland in Eunice Kennedy Shriver's backyard," says Pat Krebs, who since 1992 has been president of Special Olympics Maryland. On Friday, the group holds opening ceremonies for its Summer Games at Towson University, where more than 1,000 athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, softball and equestrian games. Krebs, 56, has been working with the Special Olympics since 1973, including working internationally to set up games in countries like the former Soviet Union. "You just can't surpass the amazement of witnessing each of Special Olympics Maryland's 10,000 athletes grow and achieve amazing skills and knowledge through sports," says Krebs, who is single and lives in Stoney Beach in Anne Arundel County. She has a son, Greg, who is 37.
"A big, comfortable hammock for my lower deck in which I can take short naps this summer."
Vacation at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Canada
"It's hailed as the best ski area in North America and I love to ski."
A home for Special Olympics Maryland
"I would like the athletes, their families, the coaches and volunteers of Special Olympics Maryland to have a home -- dedicated to Mrs. [Eunice] Shriver -- here in Maryland where they can come to train ... to socialize ... and to invite non-Special Olympics athletes to play with them on their turf."
A fancy espresso / coffee maker
"One of the 'do-everything' coffee-[and] cappuccino-makers to keep all the Special Olympics Maryland hard-working employees on the go."
A second grandchild
"I have a 9-year-old granddaughter, Ariel, whom I spoil as much as possible and I would like to have another grandchild to spoil as well."