Early in her political career, Gladys Noon Spellman was praised by a male colleague… for “thinking like a man.” At first she thought it a compliment. Then she got angry. “I said, ‘Well, I guess today was an off–day for me. Tomorrow I’ll be myself, and do better’.”
In the last 50 years there, Willa Bickham, her volunteers and supporters have fed more than one million people from Viva House in Southwest Baltimore. Yet, she feels like she’s the one who benefitted, the one who received beneficence.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver opened the first Special Olympics game just seven weeks after her brother Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. Today, by one estimate, more than three million Special Olympic athletes from all 50 states and 181 countries around the world take part in year-round training for the games.