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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Peace Corps, Special Olympics teaming up in five countries

Sargent Shriver, then the Democratic vice presidential nominee, pictured during a San Francisco campaign swing in August 1972. (Lennox McLendon/AP)
It’s a move that would make the late Sargent Shriver very happy: The Peace Corps and Special Olympics are teaming up in five countries to support programs helping children with disabilities.

The agency — first led by Shriver during the Kennedy administration — and the global nonprofit organization — established by Shriver’s wife, Eunice — announced Monday that they’re teaming up on pilot projects in Ecuador, Jordan, Morocco, Peru and South Africa.

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams and Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Timothy Shriver signed an agreement during an event in Washington.

“Both organizations have a shared view that each individual has the potential to do great things given the opportunity,” Williams said in a statement.

“We are in a world where there are attitudes of mass destruction and the Peace Corps has a way of curing attitudes of fear through their volunteers,” Shriver said. “We look forward to the Peace Corps taking on a new challenge to work with children with intellectual disabilities throughout the world with a targeted way to help the most neglected population on earth.”

Many Peace Corps volunteers have gone on to work with the Special Olympics, according to the agency, which is marking its 50th anniversary this month.

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