Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics and sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, was being treated for pneumonia Friday in UCLA Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.
Shriver, the sister of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and mother of television personality Maria Shriver, fell ill while on vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho, with her family. She is in her late 70s, the spokesman said.
In 1968, Shriver started the first Special Olympics Games, a nonprofit sports training and competition program for individuals with mental retardation. She is honorary chairwoman and founder of Special Olympics International.