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Special Olympics is Changing the World!
Every day, in 169 countries, our sports bring people together, creating a healthier, more welcoming world for all.
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Heavy Hitter
David Egan has testified in the U.S. Senate and worked on Capitol Hill. Learn more about this athlete leader.
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Video: "Indescribable"
How Special Olympics snowboarder Daina Shilts, left, got to team up at X-Games with Olympic snowboarding champion Hannah Teter, center.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps poses poolside with swimmers
Video: Why Michael Phelps Loves Special Olympics
See who else loves the idea of creating a more welcoming world where everyone is included. Watch the video now.
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Video: Come To Our World
Watch this short video to see how uniting on the playing field can change the game for all of us.
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Sports and So Much More
With over 108,000 events a year – plus leadership, health and unified programs -- our athletes find fulfillment on the playing field and in life.
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Changing Attitudes
Every day, our athletes inspire people everywhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.
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Improving Athlete Health
We open doors to better health care for people with intellectual disabilities, who face stigma and often lack access to care.
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Play Unified!
Unified Sports teams people with and without intellectual disabilities in a common bond in their love of sports.
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Out of the Shadows
For decades, Special Olympics has been breaking down barriers and creating opportunities to let talents and joy shine through! 
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