Should the MAC be renamed the Shriver Center?

Should the MAC be renamed the Shriver Center?

Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver were two giants in public service and White Flint history. Eunice was the founder of the Special Olympics, whose first sessions — known as “Camp Shriver” — were on her lawn in what is now the Timberlawn community of White Flint; she passed away in 2009.

R. Sargent Shriver was the only Presidential candidate to have lived in White Flint, and was better known as the head of the Peace Corps and the Office of Economic Opportunity; he died last January.

Now County Executive Ike Leggett has proposed renaming the Montgomery Aquatic Center in Wall Park for the Shrivers. Comments on the proposal are due by this Wednesday, May 4 to kathleen.boucher@montgomerycountymd.gov. The MAC is the regional swim center where the White Flint Implementation Committee meets each month, and has many programs for the differently-abled, which the Shrivers would have loved.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver at “Camp Shriver” (photo from eunicekennedyshriver.org)

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