Saorsie was an only child with hundreds of sisters and brothers. She was an American who was Irish and loved the sea, where no borders no country exists. She was a student of communications who taught hundreds if us to speak from the heart. On her birthday just 2 months ago, I asked her what she wanted in her 22nd year. Saoirse didn’t pause. “I want to learn to love myself.” In her 22nd year, my prayer is that her wish came true. I love you Seersh.
We ended the Special Olympics 50th anniversary year and we now set our eyes to the future. All around us, everyone is talking about othering, demonizing, fighting. It’s making us sick. Last weekend, we played together and we saw one another. We became our most powerful selves. I am so grateful for all those who see the hope and possibilities of a different future, who are willing to learn, listen, and heal themselves with our athletes. And I’m more hopeful than ever that all our young people will stop hearing “them”, that they will grow up in world of “US”.
My fifth, my brown eyed girl, my dancer-artist-scholar, my role model of strength: Happy Birthday Caroline! Thanks for leading the movement for @specialolympics athletes who want to dance and for celebrating your big day with Nyasha and all the athletes who joined us for the 50th! I am so proud of you. Love you big big big.
Sam, the pied piper of children everywhere, the Chinese speaking globalist, the writer and naturalist, the amazing son and brother: happy 27! I love you BIG. #olddude
The Big Show is a Big force for #inclusion. Thanks for spending 2 days with us and for believing in the power of our athletes to make a difference in the world.
To be together with my family on the ocean celebrating the 4th is to be grateful.
Francis Sargent Shriver visiting his great grandfather. Blessed.
Linda and I were so proud and excited to host @joebiden in our home. He’s got soul, he’s got experience, he’s got vision. We so admire his leadership and his belief in America’s powerful civil society. #GoJoe
Chris Rayo and Jon Fried, @specialolympics champions, helped me keynote the International Association for #AdaptedPhysicalEducation Symposium. Their message: “be open to people. And be nice about it too.” Perfect. So proud to be on their team. #InclusionRevolution #ISAPA #isapa2019
Daddy was the best father anyone could ask for. And my brothers Bobby, Mark, and Anthony - the fathers he taught and who live his example beautifully. #happyfathersday
Happy birthday to my beautiful Rose. What a birthday gift that Joel proposed. For 32 years she’s kept us in our hearts + on our toes. Happy happy birthday to the Rose!
So proud to be with the graduates of the Joseph P. Kennedy School: Deja, Gary, Tyler, and Eric. They are the real teachers of life. I hope we all learn the lessons of #openness, #laughter, #bravery, and find the #emotionalintelligence to understand one another.
5 born, raised, graduated, and in action! So proud of our Alvin Ailey at @fordhamuniversity dancer, Caroline. Ready to transform the nation with her classmates and all the graduates and young people around the country. Congratulations all!!!
She taught me the mysteries of the sea, the mysteries of play, and the mysteries of love. Thank you Mummy. Happy Mother’s day. I know you’re watching.
Loretta, Mehmet and I #plankitout !!! @seun_msamazing challenged me to plank with & for Special Olympic athletes and I’ve gotten down everyday this week. Yeah baby. I challenge @lisaoz, @karenjp0915, @srpshriver, @markkshriver, @lightning2019, Arne Sorenson, and @dariusbaxter. Get your plank on!!!! GAME ON. #HealthyAthletes #InclusiveHealth #NationalFitnessMonth @specialolympics ➡ bit.ly/2GUfn8S
The best older brother then, now, forever! Happy birthday Bobby.
Dear @anncoulter, I want to remind you of what Mr Stephens and I expressed during this 2012 @cnn interview. What you call people is how you treat people. Please stop degrading our community. This is the second time you’ve hurt us, but our invitation from 7 years ago still stands. Join us. Stop humilitating us. “Be our friend” - John Franklin Stephens #spreadtheword #respect #annecoulter #wordsmatter #WEmatter #inclusionrevolution
Talking #socialandemotionallearning (SEL) with Charlamagne. So much pain in our country now. We need to learn how to transform it rather than transmit it. We need to teach our kids SEL skills like self awareness and help seeking. A kid who can monitor his/her emotions is a #CoolKid and that is the truth. Thanks for your open honest and positive energy @cthagod - what a fantastic role model you are.
From my community of faith to yours, happy Easter, Passover, & all celebrations of #Rising !
A 3G ride #3Generations #EasterWeekend #FamilyWeekend
Best siblings ever. Not kidding! Happy #NationalSiblingsDay to you and yours, whether yours are blood siblings or people that you have showed up for & put your trust in. #CelebrateFamily #Grateful
On #worldautismday, let’s focus on abilities, not disabilities. Let’s play unified, live unified, and hire unified. Thanks to @microsoft for leading the way when, 4 years ago today, they announced the Autism Hiring Program. “Individuals with Autism can bring untapped talent to every business” says Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring. Superb. Raise your hand if you are ready to #followtheirlead ! #InclusionRevolution #AutismAwareness
We did it. Inclusion is the issue of our time and we are proud to continue to work for its fulfillment. Thank you @RoyBlunt @repmarkpocan @durbincampaign @espn @senpattymurray @rosa_delauro @tomcoleok04 @realdonaldtrump and so many more young people athletes mothers fathers & citizens who stood firm on the power & urgency of #INCLUSION today. Let’s use this as a reminder of the only solution to pain & division : compassion & inclusion. We are not made to divide, we are made to be united and we are #MadeToMatter. We are overwhelmed by all of your support - thank you thank you thank you. #wedidit
The SO Abu Dhabi World Games legacy is for the UAE to be the first country to commit to making every school, nationwide, a Unified Champion School®. Let’s get all of our home countries to follow. It’s time. This program helps to create an active & inclusive environment where kids with AND without disabilities feel accepted by and engaged with their community. Check it out on our website and make your school a place where all students want to be. #Educate #Teach #PlayUnified #BeUnified #InclusionRevolution #TeachersFollowTeachers
“The best part about the games was seeing the smiles of so many athletes. I never thought about it before, but it was like they were sending me a message: take the bad things in life and turn them into good,” Tommy said. That is the secret & that’s what you did for all of us, Tommy. Thank you Tommy, Noura, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, people of the UAE & all people of #determination. The world awaits you.
Play Unified, Live Unified #BeUnified #MeetTheDetermined
Mishal’s mother told Mishal, “Tell Tim your name.” Mishal just looked at me and gave me a hug. There’s no better name than a hug. Thank you Mishal. Young Athletes Programs are for children ages 2-7. We want every child to #playunified starting at age 2. If you’re reading this, start a #youngathletesprogram in your neighborhood so all children can grow up learning how to play unified with wonderful kids like Mishal.
Linda’s smile says it all: We are so grateful to HH Mohamad bin Zayed and the people of Abu Dhabi for an extraordinary opening. #YearofTolerance #MeetTheDetermined #MadetoMatter #LetTheGamesBegin
A glorious celebration last night that just proved: we are not made to divide, we are made to be united, we are #MadetoMatter. Nobody more brave & beautiful than Maliki, a free man. #FromChains2theWorldGames
4 of the greatest athletes in the world tell us their #secretstosuccess: Apollo: consistency Seun: have fun & never forget why you’re there Ibtihaj: be your own biggest competitor and supporter Hannah: exude joy always #MeetTheDetermined #Olympians
Live coverage of Opening Ceremonies, ESPNNews: 14 March, 11 am ET #TuneIn !!!!! 7k athletes from over 200 countries will compete, and in doing so, they will demand that we recognize the human beings around us before we let stereotypes obstruct our vision. #MadeToMatter #MeetTheDetermined #AD2019 #UnifiedGeneration
From little to grown up she’s still my girl. Happy birthday kathleen. A quarter century of pure joy.
Celebrating the strength beauty & power of the female Special Olympic athletes on this #internationalwomensday . I am in total awe of them everyday and in 6 days you will know what I’m talking about as they take the field, the pool, the track... #MeetTheDetermined #AD2018 !!!!
It’s not too late to #pledgetoinclude and it’s never too late to be as proud of your son as I am of mine! Swipe to read @timshriverjr’s inspiration for founding this revolutionary movement #SpreadTheWord #InclusionRevolution
Anything that makes us feel like we are not #Made2Matter is absolutely criminal. Listen to these #UnifiedGeneration leaders. #TheyKnow #UnlockInclusion #InclusionRevolution
The incredible Dr #sylviaearle teaching my cousin John and I to #deepdive - We went DEEP! Thanks #DianneStrong for fun photos. Truk Lagoon 1975. Miss my buddy today.
John and I with stunning #kapingamarangi tortoise shell and jewels. Thanks to #DianneStrong for these fabulous memories. Truk Lagoon 1975. Miss my buddy today.
Guess what the young people of #PuertoRico want? “To work together”, “to treat everyone well”, and “to make the world more #feliz” #listentothekids #jointhekids #esperanza #leadersoftomorrow
In every collective human endeavor, there comes a moment. In #education that moment is now. Proud to help @aspensead launch the National Commission’s final report, “From a #NationatRisk to a #NationAtHope.” See why & how we can treat students as whole people, with social & emotional as well as academic needs - link in bio.
After an accident changed his life, my good friend Kester created an opportunity to change dozens more. My mother was so proud & she continues to be SO proud, I'm sure. See this legendary game changer's past work & exciting plans for the future. Link in bio. #InclusionRevolution #FutureLeaders #GameChangers
42 years of loving you and i cant stop. Happy birthday lovergirl
Listening to #youngpeople is a refresher course in what's good about America. What matters most to these kids? "#Excitement, #openness, #hardwork, #generosity, and being good to each other.” Hoover High & Meredith Middle School students are a big #WOW. #FutureLeaders #PlayUnified #InclusionRevolution #InclusiveEducation
Always love celebrating Mass with beautiful Jay. #faithisfun #celebratetogether #unity #spirit #sundayfunday
A new year of unified and we hope, a unified year!
#HappyNewYear! Hoping you all get to join & enjoy the #InclusionRevolution in 2019 along with my five kids, Linda and I 🙏🏽 !!!
This year, we celebrate the miracle of life that is Francis, and this #Christmas we celebrate the miracle of joy that is you. With love, the Potter Shriver Family
#Love ! #Peace ! #Happiness ! And all of them wrapped in the ribbon of #Inclusion. #InclusionRevolution
Celebration of #peace, #compassion, and #unity. We need it now more than ever. Congrats to my cousin @kerrykennedyrfk 💯
Muhtar has announced his upcoming retirement from The #CocaCola Company after 40 years of incredible leadership. A powerful leader, a passionate partner, a loyal friend. Congratulations & #ThankYou Muhtar!!!!! #Leader #Partner #Friend #InclusionRevolution