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Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
We have over 4.5 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
Our celebrity supporters are Olympians, professional athletes, social leaders, and movie and music stars.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Direction for our movement comes from leaders in government, entertainment, sports and business.
All adults and children with intellectual disabilities can become Special Olympics athletes. Here's how.
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Special Olympics means so much to her and to us as family members. She has gained so much confidence and made so many friends.
I have many learning problems and depression and because of my learning problems I get called that word a lot and it hurts and I feel bad so please dont use that word. it hurts a lot and it isn't right.
Throughout my life I have worked with younger children within my local school with ID. I find the r-word disrespectful and such a word illustrates a lack of education about individuals with ID.
david hudson (coach)
Gareth we will all miss you,what a wonderful athlete you were, what a pleasure it was to coach you.
4 years ago I was given the honour of being chosen to help as a coach with the floor hockey team in the World Special Olympic Games Idaho.
I first met Gareth when my son started attending Special Olympics Isle of Man fit club night - Gareth was a lively character who was always great fun and had the most amazing energy.