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Special Olympics is a growing movement in Africa, where acceptance and celebration of the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities is not common. Here are stories that show why Special Olympics is making a difference.
By Erica Celeste
By Frank Macha
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By Simon Muinjo
By Satyagan Choytun
By Aminata Sissoko
By Rajah Diouri Sy.
By Naomi Saliu-Lawal
Special Olympics Nigeria athlete Solomon Jegede went to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this past summer. Since then, he said, “I feel like a star."
By Gbauidi L.Armanda
By Aaron Scheck-Elphson
By Zanele Nwenya
By Felix Chisowa
By Ross Tebele
By Jon-Paul St. Germain
"Special Olympics World Games 2015"
I went to the games as a Unified Ten Pin Bowling Head Coach with a unified pair with team South Africa.
'Sweet and Short'.
We went there with my team as just a team, and we came back unified, buddies and greatest friends. As i type this now,
The talents of Special Olympics athletes were on full display during the nine-day World Games in Los Angeles. And their achievements continue to make an impact.
By Suzanne Coogan
The first time that golf was played in the Special Olympics in 1995 a South African, Andrew White, won the gold medal. Andrew was again back in Los Angeles this year, and he won silver!
More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the Games
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year.
Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and Reach Up LA theme song creator Siedah Garrett will headline the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, G
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On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
Global partner Catholic Relief Services has recently awarded Special Olympics Kenya a grant to support early childhood development for children with intellectual disabilities. The grant will afford Community Health Workers a chance to be trained on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program.
Emmie Steenkamp (Young Athlete Coach Manu Dei Centre, Klerksdorp, NorthWest South Africa)
Mrs Igna Steyn
Mrs Molly Matambanashe
Mr Frank Macha
Mrs Rajah Diouri Sy.
Well I have, more that once. First it was with Ephraim Mohlakane and now it was with Sipho Zwane, a Ten Pin Bowler from Logwood Village. For both times it has always been a Unified Sports Event. With Ephraim it was with the Africa Unity Cup and with Mr Zwane it was the Ten Pin Bowling Interprovincial.
My story starts in the year 2002, the year my parents found out I had a severe mental disability. I always found sports difficult until I discovered the sport of netball. I was able to play this sport well and enjoyed it a lot.
Mr John Makathimo
Mrs Viola Musariri
Mr Satyagan Choytun