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Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
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We have over 4.5 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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By Maureen Clarke
Nine high school students enthusiastically embraced the role of volunteer as they underwent training at the newly launched Young Athletes site in Smorgoni, Belarus.
By Bettina Lehmann
By Aaron Mills
This is the first year my school has done this, so it's amazing to see what we have accomplished
A week ago, I had a life-changing experience. My best friend called me the R-word.
Hopefully, in my lifetime, the word will end and my children and grandchildren will not even know the word existed.
Katie McGinty Botha
The first major phase of the 24-month USAID-supported “Play Unified” project in Serbia ended with pledges from 20 schools to continue the success of the program.
Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International, gave a keynote address to more than 500 school sport professionals at the YST's National Conference.
Martha Jo Braycich
By East Asia Staff
There was one conference that we hosted that changed my life completely. That conference was Special Olympics. Every time I talk about this I just get so excited because it was such an empowering experience.
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Romy Bertemes, Barbara Oehl (Ecole Privée Sainte-Anne, Luxembourg)
Antonela Balbo and Delfina Sponda
Delfina and Antonela of Buenos Aires, Argentina took part in a Unified Athletics tournament held at their school. After the event they both agreed that it was a very enriching and mobilizing experience for them.
I love watching our Selkirk College CCSW (Classroom and Community Support Worker) program students move into valued roles as fund raisers, coaches and fans!
Agnieszka Krukowska, Youth Activation Coordinator, SOEE
We are excited to announce that Special Olympics Project UNIFY has appointed six new members to the National Youth Activation Committee.
Lovin' Scoopful, a support of Special Olympics, has chosen a New Jersey teen as its national Lovin' Award winner. The award recognizes young visionaries who are committed to and involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion, and personal connections between people with and without differences.
Maryorie Patiño Jaén
I've only been in Meet in the Middle for a little over a year and I've not only made a difference in their lives (athletes) but they've made a difference in mine. They've turned my whole life around and on the right course.
The White House has announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host "A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation" at the White House on the evening of 31 July.
This summer my daughter volunteered to be a videographer at special Olympics and I came along as her assistant. I am always touched by the amount of love from the parents and athletes.