We are bringing hope back to the Greeks

You could tell from the flashy red shoe laces of this well-dressed American gentleman that there was something special about him. They were the official Special Olympics laces, and sporting them was the head of the Special Olympics Movement, Timothy Shriver, the son of the woman who started the movement half a century ago, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

A true friend of Greece, Shriver is coming back to Athens ahead of the 2011 Special Olympics in the Greek capital that starts with the opening ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium on Friday and concludes on July 4.

Brimming with pride and optimism, the 51-year-old member of the well-known Kennedy family spoke to Kathimerini English Edition about the Special Olympics, Greece and the global crisis, suggesting that the Games will bring much-needed hope to the Greek people, in return for the values this country has given to the world.

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