Former First Lady Michelle Obama will present the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s this Wednesday. The award will posthumously honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who was the founder of the Special Olympics.
“Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a passionate champion for those with developmental challenges, empowering them to fulfill their highest potential,” Mrs. Obama said in her statement, via ESPN. “Her work to promote inclusion and acceptance transformed the lives of countless young athletes and inspired us all. I am incredibly honored to present this award to her son to celebrate her life’s work.”
Shriver created the Special Olympics in the 1960s in order to provide a platform for persons with disabilities to participate in sports.
Shriver’s son, Timothy, will be on hand to accept the award. Eunice was the daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, sister of John F. Kennedy and mother of author and television host, Maria Shriver. She passed away in August of 2009 at the age of 88.
The ESPYs will air on Wednesday, July 12 at 8:00 pm ET at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Ca.