Ruth Hatfield Clarke
With a strong work ethic and dedication to helping young girls develop leadership skills through community service, Ruth generously gave her time, wisdom and experience to help instill integrity and appreciation in multiple generations of young women.
As mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she will be dearly missed by all those who were fortunate to have shared in her song and her voice will carry on in those who loved her.
To ensure your generosity and support are acknowledged - and to help protect you from future solicitations - the Clarke Family has requested that memorial contributions be made through IN MEMORY OF to the
Mercer County Special Olympics
Throughout the 1960s, Eunice Kennedy Shriver's commitment to changing the way the world treated mental retardation saw not only landmark legislation dealing with mental disabilities and disability rights, but was also instrumental in bringing mental retardation out of the darkness and into the light of public acceptance. The genesis of Special Olympics was a summer day camp that Sargent and Eunice Shriver started in the backyard of their Maryland home. In July 1968, the world witnessed the first International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago. In December of that year, the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation incorporated Special Olympics. Since then, Special Olympics has grown to become the largest program of its kind.
Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special intellectual and physical limitations. The Special Olympics philosophy believes that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities are benefited physically, mentally, socially and spiritually, families are strengthened, and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.
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