Inside the 2019 Special Olympics opening ceremonies

Plus, the children of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver discuss her legacy in an interview with "GMA."
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Our cover story, back to robin in Abu Dhabi, the special olympics competitions are under way and, robin, these games began in the backyard right here in the U.S. Yeah, right there in Chicago. It surely did. The message of last night's special olympics, I should say, the opening ceremony here in Abu Dhabi was, of course, tolerance and acceptance with more than 190 countries sending teams to participate in the games and that message is especially poignant this morning given the horrific news out of New Zealand and I want everyone to know our hearts go out to all impacted by that tragedy. Eunice Kennedy shriver created special olympics in her own backyard in Chicago more than 50 years ago because she wanted to create change and promote inclusion. Her children have followed in her footsteps and those of their father Sargent shriver. When the weather was like it is now, iffy, I had the rare opportunity to sit down with all five shriver chairman. Tim shriver, Maria, Anthony, mark and Bobby. Congratulations. Thank you. Tim, once again, knocked out out of the park with what you said on that stage last night. Thank you. I think all I tried to do is speak, tried to echo and elevate the voices of the athletes on the stage, on the field and coming from all over the world, 200 nation, you know, quite an extraordinary gathering and this country at this time divided time around the world and here we are all celebrating unity and inclusion and best of the human spirit. It was easy to be in the moment. From Chicago, to Abu Dhabi and how this is a year of tolerance here about people with determination. Could your mother have envisioned that happening. I mean, it some ways I think she could because we didn't have the term social entrepreneur back then but she was an innovator. My mother just willing people into the pool, willing people onto horse, willing people into archery and I always had the sense she saw 0 years ahead and that she wanted it to be bigger right from the start. I don't think she ever dreamed of being in Abu Dhabi or something like last night happened, how great that was but in the beginning she went with her heart and what she was passionate about and did it really well this a really small way and exploded which is the story of life, great things happen. When you think about your mother founding special olympics, your father peace corps, job corps, head start, is social change the family business. It is a great business to be in. What could be better than to get up every day and try to make a small difference in people's lives. At the time she did that women didn't start organizations, especially international organization. What did it mean to have a strong motivated mother. How did that impact you. The greatest gift our parents gave us was each other. And I think notwithstanding all the kidding and all the sibling issues that, of course, we all have, I think they made their first mission to create a family. Driving forces of mom's life was my aunt rosemary who started it all. That's what drove mummy and gave mummy the anger and fearsness and aggressive behavior about change. That's an important point, I think, anger because people usually are uncomfortable a little bit with anger and I think mother was very angry about the way her sister was treated. And she used that anger to form this organization and to do her life's work. I have been besieged with news from overseas, back home, that people are outraged that there have been families that abuse their position and their wealth to help their children in college. And what do you say to a parent whose child was denied perhaps an opportunity? Here we are at a place where your mother wanted to equal -- level the playing feel. But back home there are parents outraged that their child may have been denied their opportunity, one that they worked for and earned. It's a painful, outrageous and unacceptable situation. The United States is grappling with long hidden inequalities that are now coming to the surface. We're hearing from voices we never heard from before and raising issues that are painful and uncomfortable for people in positions of privilege. And it's going to stay uncomfortable and it has to until it gets fixed. I agree with Timmy. I think it's something we've all been talking about. Can you believe that, you know, somebody can pretend they're on a sports team, get away with it. How did they do it? We've been sitting here talking about how did they get someone in to change a test score? So I think we're seeing a lot of If you want to change the system whether it's college admissions or having a voice for the voiceless, poor people, folks that are have developmental disabilities you got to get in the reason in and fight. You won't win every time but you got to stay at it. Got to stay in there and just truly a pleasure and a privilege to sit down with all five shriver children. They are an incredible family and the legacy that they are carrying on more than 50 years later, both are mother and father would be so proud of the shriver children. The athletes here, they are playing for medals and, Adam, I want you to show who is worthy of a medal right now? Adam, that's you. Show -- this is what we have here because of the weather, we have this team blocking the rain and the wind for us under this pavilionment amber, she got the bronze. Not even the gold but just to show you there is no "I" in team. Got to do it. By any means necessary. So, robin, what else are you looking forward to today? I will be heading home. I'm going to see some of the competition but then I'll be heading home and back with you, George, on Monday but I want everyone to be sure to tune in for ABC's continuing coverage of the special olympics world games from Abu Dhabi. I'll be hosting a special that is going to air Sunday at 2:00 P.M. Eastern then our best of the game show airs Saturday, March 30th from 3:00 to 5:00 eastern. You can find coverage on our wonderful ESPN network and the ESPN app and it's been a privilege to be here. I was in Austria two years ago, L.A. Four years ago and just to see this movement, this inclusion that they want and it's just really been a privilege to be a part of it, guys. I look forward to seeing you Monday.

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