Remarks at White House Ceremonies Marking the 15th Anniversary of the Special Olympics

June 12, 1983

First of all, welcome to the White House. And to those of you from Chile, Greece, Japan, and Kenya: Welcome to the United States. I hope you all enjoyed seeing ``Superman III,'' starring Christopher Reeve. And isn't it great to have Christopher -- Superman -- as a coach? This looks like it might be so much fun, I wish I'd worn my track clothes. [Laughter]

I understand that in Special Olympics, your torch is called the Flame of Hope. And that's exactly what your athletes represent today. By training and competing in these events, you're realizing your hopes for a fuller, more productive life. And you're kindling in the rest of us the hope that through individual effort we can make this a more caring world. And, Eunice, we're grateful for all you've done to give these special young people new opportunities for special growth.

We're grateful to these athletes for letting us share in their joy today. Thank you again, and welcome.

Note: The President spoke at approximately 5:45 p.m. at the South Portico of the White House. In his remarks, he referred to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder and president of the Special Olympics.

Events at the White House included demonstrations of several Special Olympics competitions, a picnic supper, and a concert by the Beach Boys on the South Lawn.