Without a doubt, Mickey Boutilier counts as one of the founders of the Special Olympics movement. With my mother and a handful of others, he had the pioneering spirit and the fearless resolve necessary to create something the world had never seen and couldn’t possibly understand. But he understood and he saw. So he created. And millions who don’t even know his name are imbued with his spirit. Personally, he was funny, tough, smart, determined and underneath it all, a tender man. For those of us who knew him, we were lucky to know a man larger than life, filled with personality, a lover of life. We are poorer without him.
About Tim Shriver: I am Special Olympics Fan in Chief, father of five, husband of one, brother of many, teacher at heart, Red Sox fan, spirit seeker. Also Special Olympics Chairman and CEO.