The article “UMBC Center Carries Shriver Name, Spirit” in the Baltimore Sun recognizes the extraordinary impact that the Shriver family has had on the Baltimore community through an “intimate effort in [their] home state—a center at UMBC that [applies] academic expertise to solving the problems of Baltimore and urban America at large.”
UMBC’s Shriver Center, founded in 1993, is named after R. Sargent Shriver and the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver in recognition of their historic commitment to service. In 1985, the Shriver family established the Shriver Peaceworker Program (now housed in the Center), which enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to better meet the needs of underserved populations through continued study and service. The Sun article explores both the Peaceworker Program the Choice Program, a national at-risk youth intervention program founded by Mark Shriver in 1987 and headquartered at UMBC in 1989.
Following Sargent Shriver’s death earlier this week, the university community is comforted by the knowledge that his legacy will live on through students inspired by his message of public service. “What they did to make America better,” said UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski, “that will continue.”