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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)

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.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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