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 more than 5.6 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners 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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My brother has autism. I used to hear kids at school say the r-word and I didn't think much of it. That is the type of society we live in. But ever since he was born I have gotten mad at other kids using words like that. I love my brother and I hope that people stop using the r-word.
I'm watching a movie on the USA Network. The characters were discussing Autism and the network censored out the R-word. BLEEP!
Some boys at my school called the special needs children "retards" that really hurt me.
Abigail and Sophia Smith
My girls have spoken to their school and area schools and churches for the second year to get kids and adults aware of spreading the word. They do this on behalf of their sister, Chelsea.
I have been involved in Special Olympics in Mississippi as an athlete since I was in high school and I have truly enjoyed it.
I had always been sensitive to the use of the r-word in a negative way, but it really hit home when I was having dinner with a friend one night.
People used to, and still do from time-to-time, make fun of me and call me "that word," because I couldn't make a simple decision like what I want to eat, etc.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
This year, Butler High student Jeffrey Sanchez will be participating in the Special Olympics North Carolina for the first time.
At just 19 years old, Yasmin Neal of Forsyth County is already a seasoned Special Olympics athlete.
Special Olympics North Carolina athletes are getting on board the stand-up paddle boarding trend.
On my way home after Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Phoenix, AZ, I had the opportunity to hear about a great volunteer.
After finding out that they would be going to the Special Olympics North America Softball Invitational, the Surry County Yellow Jackets knew they had a lot of work ahead of them.
Whenever Keshaun Tillman competes in athletics, bocce, basketball and cycling, he recognizes the significance of encouraging his peers.
The basketball teams for Special Olympics of Buncombe County can thank UNC Asheville rising junior forward Ahmad Thomas for new uniforms.
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