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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Our athletes with intellectual disabilities are the reason for the existence of Special Olympics. In their own words, they tell the story of a movement that is growing worldwide.
Hello my name is Tammy Wade I have plenty of fun in Special Olympics. They help me become a better person, a better athlete and be able to talk to people without being so shy. I want to thank everyone who's involved. It's not just a sport, it is family and I get to meet new friends, go places an
Hi my name is Will Hobbs I am 38 and I have been involved in Special Olympics since i was in high school in Desoto county Mississippi. I have loved it so much and it has helped me so much to live a healthy life. I am fixing to move to East Tennessee most likely Johnson City so I will be looking to
I was 10 years old and when I got started with Special Olympics in 1983 in West Seneca, New York.
Hi, I have been a Special Olympics athlete for 29 years. And here how it got started.
Stephen F. Coston
Special Olympics changed my life by discovering my talents and finding my inner identity.
STEPHEN F. COSTON
When I attended elementary school to high school from the late 60's to the 70's, a lot of my peers called me the R-word.
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Nicole Ann bole
I feel the confidence when I compete. I feel that I can show people that I can do something and I am good.
I used to get called the R word every day at my old job. The guy had autism too, and he thought it was funny.
I started in Special Olympics way back in 2009. I made it all the way to state games but sadly got sick the day before my swim.
I decided to change my eating habits. I started drinking more water. I also started eating more vegetables and fruits.
I have borderline autism and people at my job treat me very badly! All because I have a disability and I hear some of them use the r-word a lot!
Caroline Taylor Corry
Lee S Blakeman
I thought I was too old to play basketball as I am 56 years old but over the course of the season I learned differently.
My name is Matt. I'm a special olympics Virginia athlete from area eight. A couple of years ago, I met a student athlete from Linfield college in Oregon named Montana. Montana was a star pitcher for her team playing for NCAA division three women's softball in Salem, Virginia.
I started competing with Special Olympics at the age of 8. One day, my gym teacher and Basketball coach Pat Sanft came into our classromm and told me that we have a basketball team. I was so thrilled to play basketball for the first time on the Bancroft Bulldogs.