David Shriver has always had the goal of playing college basketball. Growing up in Philippi, W.V. — a town with less than 3,000 residents and just two stoplights — his ambition became reality.
He’s become a beloved X-factor off the bench for VCU, shooting over 40 percent from three this season and entering the Atlantic 10 tournament on a hot streak.
Early Life and Education
David Shriver was born on October 8, 1939 in Jersey City, New Jersey and passed away October 6, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio at 77 years of age.
He was the son of George Edward Shriver and Alice Mary nee Goble. A dedicated family man, he had a deep-seated commitment to his wife Elizabeth, their children Jennifer, Peter, and Kirsten.
Early in his life, he became deeply engaged in his community. He volunteered at his church and served on the citizens advisory committee of his childhood neighborhood.
He was an accomplished teacher, serving seven years as assistant principal at Stewart Elementary School in Cleveland Heights, OH. The small school setting appealed to him; he could implement incentive programs for good behavior and organize extra events.
Shriver demonstrated his dedication to charity throughout his professional career, founding numerous organizations such as Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Community Action and Upward Bound.
He served as president of Special Olympics and dedicated his life to social justice work, becoming a champion for equal rights.
His dedication and commitment to community service made him a well-respected figure in politics. He briefly ran for president of the Democratic Party in 1976, but withdrew after the initial round of primaries.
Local bicycle shop owner Bruce Maier has dedicated himself to upholding Shriver’s legacy through the production of “Rock It: The David Shriver Tribut.” This documentary will make its debut at Chehalis Theatre on March 25.
Achievements and Honors
At the ESPY awards, former first lady Michelle Obama honored Eunice Kennedy Shriver for her advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities. She founded Special Olympics to give these individuals a voice through sports.
She was an outspoken supporter of people with disabilities, serving on the President’s Committee on Disability Issues and co-chairing the Presidential Commission on Civil Rights. Additionally, she was involved in numerous social programs like Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Community Action, Upward Bound and Peace Corps.
Shriver spent five years as an assistant coach at Penn State from 2012-17, helping the Nittany Lions to a 71-31 overall record and two NCAA Tournament appearances. She was also appointed head coach of the USA U-19 Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2018-19; during this time, Shriver led both programs to four national championships and four American Lacrosse Conference titles.
David Shriver was an inspiring figure. A tireless social activist, he dedicated himself to aiding those in need.
He was deeply committed to his church and its ministry, with an intense faith that had a lasting effect on him and his family. For many years, he was associated with United Protestant Campus Ministries and the Church of the Covenant.
His career was dedicated to championing social justice through advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office. His passion lay in advocating for every child’s right to a safe and vibrant childhood.
He was raised in Philippi, West Virginia – a small town with less than 3,000 residents and two stoplights. It also houses Division II Alderson Broaddus University, where Shriver began his college career as a point guard.
Maria Shriver, the former first lady of California and owner of a net worth of $200 million, owes much of this wealth to her divorce settlement with Arnold Schwarzenegger when they separated.
She is a journalist, author and founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. Her income comes from family connections and work on television news shows.
She is the daughter of renowned political figure Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a philanthropist and member of the esteemed Kennedy family. In 1977, she graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in American studies.