The simplest place to do good is in our own backyard.

At the 2017 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles the former First Lady Michelle Obama honored the late Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Kennedy Shriver’s son, Timothy Shriver, accepted the award on her behalf.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver was inspired by her sister, Rosemary, who was born with intellectual disabilities, and her mother’s passion to surround Rosemary with friends and equality. Kennedy Shriver began the Special Olympics in her own backyard in Maryland as a summer day camp. What started as a backyard event in the 1960s grew over the years to become a worldwide movement.

“I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman, a woman who believed that everyone has something to contribute and everyone deserves a chance. When we give others the chance to fulfill their greatest potential, we all win,” said Mrs. Obama.

Imagine what can begin if we just start in our own backyards.

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