Jinx Hack Ring '60 (recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1992) began her affiliation with Special Olympics in the 1960s while working as an executive assistant for Ethel Kennedy. During that time, Ethel's daughter, Kathleen Kennedy, asked Jinx to volunteer at Camp Shriver.
Camp Shriver was founded in 1962, in the backyard of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy's home, and, over time, would prove to be the beginning of a much larger organization—the Special Olympics.
Years later, as fate would have it, a friend of Jinx's contacted her about being on the board of Special Olympics Southern California. Jinx has a nephew with intellectual disabilities and her husband, Peter, has a cousin with autism. Both family members were active in the Special Olympics and Jinx had seen the significant difference the organization can make in people's lives.
Jinx has served on the Board of Special Olympics of Southern California for many years, and she also serves on the San Diego Regional Leadership Council for Special Olympics. Jinx volunteers at various events around Southern California raise money for the athletes.
During the summer of 2015 when the World Games of the Special Olympics were held in Los Angeles, Jinx could be found cheering on the athletes and volunteering her time and talent to ensure a successful event. Jinx encourages alumnae to get involved with Special Olympics.