North America Stories

Here are the best stories from Special Olympics programs across North America.

novembre 18, 2013

Confidence in Sports and Life

“I feel stronger. I can run faster. I can do it on my own and I never give up.” This is what Special Olympics athlete Molly Hincka will tell you is the secret to her confidence, her training and joy of running.

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novembre 04, 2011

A Basketball Legend

In the world of basketball he is a legend.  John Moreau refereed at countless NCAA tournaments and Olympic trials.  He has been on the court with basketball super-stars like Michael Jordan, David Thompson, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson. Coach Jimmy Valvano affectionately called Moreau “Papa John.”

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octobre 20, 2011

Home Town Hero

When Amanda Gump was growing up, kids made fun of her because they said there “something wrong” with her. Whenever it was time to pick teams, she was always chosen last.

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octobre 12, 2011

Remember Lani DeMello?

SocialDoctors said Lani is “never going to achieve anything.”  She defies their low expectations every day. She is a graceful gymnast and leads by example, mentoring other athletes.2011 10 12 A World of OpportunitiesRemember Lani DeMello? She was born with

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juillet 01, 2011

A Swimmer's Quest to Defy Expectations

Melissa, a 28-year-old swimmer from the Matanuska Valley in Alaska, has spent much of 2011 training toward her goal of getting “all golds” at her first World Games. A swimmer from Alaska may seem a bit unusual, but Melissa makes a habit of defying expectations.

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juin 01, 2011

Soaring to Glory: Meet Brady Tanner

Brady Tanner has countless medals to his name and has been competing in a variety of Special Olympics sports for over two decades. But powerlifting is where Brady really excels and he is heading to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens to represent Team USA. But his road to glory was not an easy one.

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mai 31, 2011

Brother-Sister Youth Partners

Sarah and Ben are not just siblings, they’re a team. In June, they head to the Global Youth Activation Summit in Athens from Colorado, where they lead Project Unify® at their school and are working to expand youth involvement in Special Olympics Colorado.

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mai 19, 2011

Eyes on the Prize

Karen Dickerson says she's most at home when her running shoes are pounding the pavement. Six days a week, several miles a day, all year long.  She's always trying to improve -- her time, her form, her endurance.

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mai 18, 2011

Special Olympics is My Life

Even before he got involved with Special Olympics, Ted realized the importance of participating in sports and he was there to help and encourage the athletes.

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avril 21, 2011

School Organizes “Drills on Wheels” Service Project

Students from John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, Ohio, organized “Drills on Wheels,” an event and awareness campaign for Special Olympics.

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avril 20, 2011

Un monde d’opportunités

Les médecins ont dit que Lani « ne réussirait jamais rien ». Elle met leurs faibles attentes au défi tous les jours. Lani est une gymnaste gracieuse qui montre l’exemple à d’autres athlètes et leur apporte ses conseils.

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avril 01, 2011

Joshua's Journey of Discovery

Joshua Powell is on an exciting journey of discovery. A recent arrival in China, Powell grew up in Colorado where he got involved with sports as a Special Olympics athlete at the age of 7. He's now learning Chinese and helping younger people in China with intellectual disabilities. He wrote this narrative of his adventure so far.

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mars 23, 2011

Athlete Kayla McKeon

Kayla McKeon has been in Special Olympics for a decade, and it has helped her build strength, make friends, learn responsibility and develop confidence. Now, Kayla applies these skills in her daily life and in college.

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mars 23, 2011

Fierce Competitor

Kayla McKeon has been in Special Olympics for a decade, and it has helped her build strength, make friends, learn responsibility and develop confidence. Now, Kayla applies these skills in her daily life and in college.

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mars 23, 2011

Hometown Champions

Meet Melissa, Scott, and Christopher – their stories are testaments to the power of sport.

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mars 14, 2011

2014 National Games

New Jersey will be the site of the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games, an event that will draw up to 80,000 athletes, coaches, family members and spectators to the state and which will leave behind a legacy of acceptance and respect for people with intellectual disabilities.

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mars 09, 2011

In Memory: Jimmy Carnes

It is my sad duty to report to you that the Special Olympics movement lost one of its most loyal and dedicated volunteers this week, Jimmy Carnes. Jimmy died on Saturday March 5 after a long battle with cancer. His wonderful wife, Nanette, and many of his 14 children, grandchildren, step grandchildren and great grandchildren were at his side. He was 76 years young.

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février 16, 2011

Runs in the Family

For John and Lisa Aronson, Special Olympics has been a constant.  Both avid athletes, they got involved at an early age and met while volunteering.  Even after starting a family, they still make time to organize state tournaments and volunteer at the Games-- bringing their three-year-old twins along to cheer.

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janvier 18, 2011

A Family Affair, the Keiths

Kathy and Doug Keith were warned that their son Jimmy, diagnosed with Down syndrome, may not have the same physical abilities as his twin sister. Keiths were determined that Jimmy would have opportunities to play sports. Today, the entire family is involved, cheering at events, playing sports, raising funds to support athletes like their son, coaching, and even starting a basketball program

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novembre 20, 2010

"Hooked" on Special Olympics

Social"Hooked" on Special OlympicsJay Glicksman’s tenure as a Special Olympics volunteer and coach spans two decades.  He is also a loyal donor to the organization.  Through his involvement and support, Jay has transformed the lives of many athletes, yet he

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novembre 16, 2010

The Power of Persistence

To get where he is today, Special Olympics power lifter David Hill has moved mountains – or at least his mom thinks so. 

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octobre 22, 2010

Colorado Youth Committee Hits the Ground Running

On September 26, 2010, Denver Broncos Linebacker #92, Elvis Dumervil generously provided Special Olympics Colorado with the opportunity of a lifetime inviting 14 SOCO student Athletes and Unified Sports® Partners to attend the Broncos vs. Colts game at INVESCO Field.

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octobre 20, 2010

Celebrating my Brother

Jenni Newbury has seen firsthand the transformative power of Special Olympics. Having recently joined the staff, Jenni told us about her brother’s involvement and how she strives to create new ways for Jason to be included.  We wanted to share their story with you.

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octobre 04, 2010

Special Olympics North Carolina Combines Inaugural Project UNIFY® Youth Summit Kickoff with Inaugural EKS Day Celebration

At the invitation of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, Special Olympics North Carolina hosted its inaugural EKS Day celebration on September 24th with a reception for more than 200 at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, NC, including 70 Project UNIFY® youth attending from throughout the state for the first-ever Youth Summit.

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septembre 23, 2010

La "loi de Rosa"

A journey that began as one Maryland family’s battle for respect and acceptance for their daughter and sister, Rosa, became a significant milestone in the ongoing battle for dignity, inclusion and respect of all people with intellectual disabilities when United States President Barack Obama signed bill S.2781 into federal law on October 5, 2010.

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août 17, 2010

Special Olympics Helps Athlete Lose 150 lbs to Win Gold

Special Olympics rhythmic gymnast Sara Abbott is accustomed to beating the odds. When she was an infant, doctors said she would never walk or talk; she was not supposed to live past the age of 30; and three years ago, she weighed well over 300 pounds.

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août 11, 2010

Special Olympics Mourns Loss of Long-time Leader

The entire Special Olympics family is saddened by the great loss of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, who championed the efforts of Special Olympics throughout his life.

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juin 21, 2010

Millett to Represent USA at "Special Olympics Unity Cup"

One of the 16 Special Olympics athletes selected for the first-ever, Special Olympics Unity Cup Presented by Coca-Cola is Matthew Millett from South Grafton, Massachusetts, who will be representing the United States.

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juin 21, 2010

Special Olympics Haiti Rebuilds Through Camp Shriver

In an effort to rebuild a strong and robust Special Olympics Haiti, Camp Shriver is slated to launch in five cities across the country, starting July 5. The sports day camps for people with intellectual disabilities--named after the founder of Special Olympics, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver--will run for four weeks in Petionville, Carrefour, Jacmel, Les Cayes and Cape Haitian.

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mai 17, 2010

EKS Newsletter: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act Introduced

We are thrilled to share with you a significant step forward in our efforts to move the 2010 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act through the U.S. Congress.

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mai 17, 2010

Nebraska Readies for 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games- Largest Event in State's History

More than 3,000 athletes from 48 states will compete in the US National Games July 18 – 23 in Lincoln, NE. The Games will mark a milestone as the largest event in the history of the state of Nebraska and engage more than 8,000 volunteers, the University of Nebraska and numerous local and national businesses throughout the state.

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mai 05, 2010

EKS Challenge

On the morning of October 23, 2010 hundreds of Best Buddies and Special Olympics supporters will cycle, run and walk the streets of Washington, D.C. at the National Mall to honor the legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. 

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mai 05, 2010

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act Introduced

We are thrilled to share with you a significant step forward in our efforts to move the 2010 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act through the U.S. Congress.

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avril 21, 2010

Frank Selva Is Awarded with The PGA’s Conrad Rehling Award

When it comes to Special Olympics golf, volunteer and PGA Professional Frank Selva has been a driving force in building the sport for the movement in Connecticut and throughout the country. On March 23, Selva was recognized for his more than 20 years of service with the PGA Conrad Rehling Award.

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janvier 27, 2010

Capitol Hill Day 2010

On Wednesday, January 27th there was a certain excitement in the air on Capitol Hill – not only because of the President’s State of the Union address – but because Special Olympics athletes, Best Buddies participants, along with coaches, program leaders and family members from 43 states across the U.S. were in town to share their passion for the needs of those with intellectual disabilities.

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janvier 27, 2010

Broadening the Depths of Opportunity

Thousands of miles away from the warm water temperatures of his home in the Cayman Islands, Andrew Smilley was about to join 800 swimmers, including five fellow Special Olympic athletes, in one of the most challenging Open Water Swims in the world, the RCP Tiburon Mile.

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janvier 26, 2010

Letter from Special Olympics Timothy J. Shriver to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Letter from Special Olympics Timothy J. Shriver to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

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janvier 25, 2010

NFL Player Turned Staffer is "Hooked"

A former professional player with the National Football League, Tony Covington understands the meaning of "the power of sports"--on and off the playing field.  He told us about the difference he sees in Special Olympics athletes and how his own worldview has been transformed.

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janvier 18, 2010

A Week of Training

For athletes, Special Olympics sports are about more than the thrill and glory of the competition. As anyone who enjoys sports, athletes work hard, training, practicing, striving to get better.

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Suneedhi: a Girl, a Clinic, a Dream

For a dental surgeon such as myself, screening was just the first step! i felt we needed to go beyond examinations to ensuring people with intellectual disability got any treatment that they needed. I felt I could help more. read more »

Posted on 2014-09-22 by Lynn

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