It was also during this time period that Arnold found love. He married Maria Shriver, a broadcast journalist who, at the time, anchored the CBS Morning News Show. Shriver was a member of the Kennedy family—her mother was Eunice Kennedy, the middle sister of President Jack Kennedy, Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, and Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy.
Arnold suddenly had connections to charities and social causes, and he had the power and backing to follow through on his ambitions. The actor became closely involved with AIDS research and the Special Olympics (Eunice Kennedy was the founder of the Special Olympics, and created them in honor of her disabled sister, Rosemary). In 1990, he was appointed by President Bush Sr. as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and he spent four years advocating for school fitness programs across the country.