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These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes lives through sport.
A couple of years ago, a little boy with Down syndrome came into my life. I fell in love with him from the start.
A Special Olympics athlete took part in the signing of an agreement between Special Olympics and the International Volleyball Federation.
Marquis Antwan Garner
Whenever Keshaun Tillman competes in athletics, bocce, basketball and cycling, he recognizes the significance of encouraging his peers.
Some years ago my youngest daughter (age 4) was asked "what's the matter with him?" about her brother's best friend.
Jude and Paula Bernard
I often run into people who don't understand why officers carrying a torch through their hometown is such a big deal. One boy does.
By Gina Warren
She was born with many challenges. But Alicen has accomplished far more than anyone expected her to when she was born.
Special Olympics Board of Directors member Larry Lucchino has been added to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Special Olympics announced on 12 May that Seattle, Washington, USA, has been selected to host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.
By Suzin Triolo
By Megan O'Donnell
By Astrid Moritz
I am Sebastian Palmeri’s mother and I feel like the mother of a rock star. My son has become a real winner and this has only happened since we found out about Special Olympics.
By Victor L. Brown
The head coach of a pro floorball team got a new point of view of the Jamaica Maroons floorball team.
Thoughtful and powerful comments by John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete from Virginia, were published on Huffington Post today.