Michelle Obama Introduced An Important Honor At The ESPYs, And Got A Standing Ovation Of Her Own

"I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman."

Former First Lady Michelle Obama's public appearances have been rare since she and her family left the White House in January. Last month, she paid tribute to Chance the Rapper at the BET Awards through a pre-recorded video message. For Wednesday night's ESPY Awards, however, Obama was there in person to present a very special honor.



The award she was there to introduce was the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, which went to the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics. Before Obama could begin talking, the audience had an honor of its own to bestow on the beloved first lady — a standing ovation.

Obama quieted down the crowd's cheers by announcing, "I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman."

She went on to say of Shriver, who was the sister of former President John F. Kennedy, "She knew that when we give others a chance to fulfill their greatest potential, we all win."

Shriver, who passed away in 2009 at age 88, created the Special Olympics in 1968 to give people with intellectual disabilities a chance to compete in sports, inspired by her own sister Rosemary Kennedy. Obama was joined onstage at the awards by several Special Olympians, which she called "an honor" on Twitter. 

"Her work to promote inclusion and acceptance transformed the lives of countless young athletes and inspired us all," the former first lady said of Shriver in a statement, according to ABC News. "I am incredibly honored to present this award to her son to celebrate her life's work."

The award was accepted by Shriver's son Timothy Shriver, who is the chairman of the Special Olympics. "She wanted to be known as a great hero of sports, and tonight she got it," he said in his speech, according to People. "My mother knew one thing, that the athletes of Special Olympics deserve the same glory as any athlete around the world."

Watch Timothy Shriver accept his mother's award in the video below:

(H/T: The Hill)

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