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.
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I have been in Special Olympics since i was age 8 and my first sport was swimming. All along i hated swimming on my back because I was afraid I was going to sink so i had to build up my confidence. Last year I went to Corvallis for competition and I only did freestyle.
In 2015, my daughter was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal deletion. She is now nearly two years old, she is my love, my life.
She SEES Jonathan! Other kids look through him, or see him as having little to give!
Well, back in 1938 my aunt whom was around 8yrs. old. She ate real ripe tomatoes off a plate that had lead in the paint. She ended up with brain damage, and it was so bad that they had to put her in a home.
Honestly,I never really thought about how hurtful the word was until we were blessed with our daughter Hailey who has severe mental and physical disabilities.
Every Friday, I get to play with a little boy, and I am not even going to define his disability, because after two years of hanging out with him, I look at him and I don't see a disability. I just see an awesome little boy.
As I was growing up the r word was very widely used. I was called it several times throughout my elementery and middle school years. I hung out and played with the deaf and hard of hearing kids, didn't do well in school was in a program for the "special".
I am a high functioning man who has Asperger's. I received my BA this past June. I grew up with people calling me the R word. I have a hard time expressing emotion and taking in a lot of data at one time.
When I was very young (age 6-9) and lived in Texas, I was the subject of major bullying. Although I have no physical or developmental disabilities, I was teased, every morning, at the bus stop by a large group of kids.
MLS WORKS, ESPN and Special Olympics will work together to use the power of sports to promote social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics Unified Sports.
I pledge for my nephew with learning disabilities. My niece and nephews mean the world to me and if I can do my part to make the world a little safer for them, then I will do whatever needs to be done. This organization is truly a wonderful thing!
I am a special educator and my kids are the hardest working kids I have ever known. When I hear the r -word I immediately think of the hard work that goes into having developmental disabilities.
See web link about a front page article in The Oregonian Newspaper about Unified Sports and the growing connection to schools including with Oregon Scholastics Activities Association (OSAA) which governs high school athletics in the state.
Jim and Lurenda Blower
Caitlynn Cantrell, Stanley Stimson
My name is Caitlynn Cantrell I am a High School student from McMinnville Oregon here at 2013 Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit. Before leaving to South Korea I read a story in the local paper about our Special Olympics Oregon Snowboarding Athlete Henry Meece.
Caitlynn Cantrell and Stanley Stimson
On January 30th 2013 we got to go to the Gangneung sports venue. While we were there we got the awesome opurtunity to meet up with many World Winter Games Athletes.
Our son, Henry Meece, had his first homecoming on March 30, 1990, when he joined our family at 6 months of age. He is getting ready to board the plane for his second homecoming, returning to his birthplace - Seoul, Korea.