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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.
I would recommend everyone to volunteer at any Special Olympics wherever is closer to you. It will open up your eyes, and you will realize how much people with disabilities are the same as us.
Kimberly A. Stine
First off, when I was in High School I wasn't popular either and was classified as gothic and into dark stuff..But when I lived in Pennsylvania, I was a volunteer each year at the events that had taken place at our school.
A recent Friday at Pleasanton Middle School was definitely the best day of the week as 200 student-athletes participated in a Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program basketball competition!
Chances are you’ve heard someone use the r-word. Whether it was a just a joke or an intentional insult, it’s never OK to use the word. While medical professionals used to use mental retardation as a diagnosis, it’s now outdated.
With the Olympics days away and parts of the country suffering from the polar vortex, it was all things winter for the latest Ultimate Challenge in Las Vegas.
Adolp E. Prieto
Ramonica R. Jones
Todd Christopher Reis
I am a 43 year old single male adult who lives in a 3 bedroom apartment in Belmont, MA. Years ago I was diagnosed with a disorder known as childhood pervasive developmental disorder in the remissive stage.
Our daughter Nicky is age 4. She is my third child, my husband's first and first she is we all have been touched in our hearts by Nicky.
Head coach Scott Bradley and the players of the Princeton University Baseball Team held a free Baseball Clinic for 30 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.
What I noticed is that both teams worked hard.