Sargent Shriver is one of the finest historical examples of how the compassion and public spirit of a single American can improve the lives of millions of his fellow citizens, and millions around the world. The institutions that carry his imprint -- from the Peace Corps to Head Start to Special Olympics -- represent the good heart of America. His restless idealism, his serious faith, his belief in the power of engaged citizenship, have been an inspiration to generations. And the institutions he shaped will serve the poor and struggling for generations to come. It is a legacy of generosity and kindness that few Americans have equaled -- and perhaps none have equaled with such grace."
Michael J. Gerson
Former Presidential Advisor and Columnist for The Washington Post