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Special Olympics is in 170 countries, has 4.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and is involved in sports, health care, youth programs and more. Keep track of our international news on this page.
By Betty Zhang
This week, Uvurkhangai Province held its first Special Olympics games, a two-day event with 36 athletes competing in shot-put, long jump, track, powerlifting, volleyball, and basketball.
By Noah Gaballah
By Will Schermerhorn
By Noha Gaballa
This week, when Pope Francis meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, he’ll be speaking to a packed audience -- including several Special Olympics athletes.
By Suzanne Coogan
More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the Games
Scott Gleason in USA Today wrote: "When the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968, she believed people with intellectual disabilities could change the world if given the proper stage."
Today, on the steps of the California State Capitol, Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from all over the world were joined by California Governor Jerry Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom for the launch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg.
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year.
Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and Reach Up LA theme song creator Siedah Garrett will headline the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, G
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North Carolina athlete Marty Sheets has been a big part of Special Olympics since the very first International Games were held in 1968. He died May 19 at the age of 62. He leaves a legacy of bravery, perseverance and joy to all who knew him.
On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
On Wednesday, March 4th, Special Olympics and Best Buddies joined supporters from around the world for the 7th annual Spread the Word to End the Word Day.
Special Olympics announced a strategic alliance with Nielsen this week to uncover and illustrate the purchasing power of people with intellectual disabilities.
The Academy of Education Arts and Sciences recognized Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver for his lifetime commitment to excellence in education and passion for fostering greater acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics has launched "Play Unified," a new global youth campaign that will inspire and mobilize youth to connect with people with intellectual disabilities and create more inclusive communities, leading to a more respectful world for everyone.
Parents of school-age children with intellectual disabilities have a new guide to help them plan for their child’s life after high school. The guide will be valuable for parents because only 34 percent of working-age adults with intellectual disabilities are employed.
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.
When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination.
Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is going to be launched in China as part of public diplomacy efforts between the US and China. Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities.
Our Chairman Tim Shriver urges you to read this very powerful blog by Chris Heaton Harris, former member of the European Parliament. In this blog for the Huffington Post, Harris writes that more needs to be done to help people with intellectual disabilities.
ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, giving ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
We here at Special Olympics just celebrated the 6th annual ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ day on Wednesday, which was fantastic to see so many people using their voices to promote respect and inclusion.
Anouk Van Hoofstadt