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 5.3 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners 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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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.
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.
Rebecca Marie Shepherd
I am a Special Olympics athlete in Vermont. I compete in snowshoe, cross-county skiing, and bocce.
Clement Belun Anak Desmond
I joined Special Olympics this year. I do tennis. It's so much fun. I love my coaches and meet lots of friends.
It started in middle school everybody would call me mean names even the r word I'm like going to the principles office but they didn't do anything.
Kandi Sue Tisone
I'm tired of people calling me retarded. I'm saying no more.
I get picked at by people who use the r word because I have austim and don't like to be touched and I get so they call me the r word
We posted stop the r word! All over the school! We even put it in the announcements at school! No one used the R word again!
My sister works at Desoto Central Highschool as a special ed teacher. She is a inspiration to me and her students .
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 was born with Down syndrome and most people use that word to label me and my friends.
My first year of Special Olympics was so amazing. It was amazing!
Will is back and I will see y'all in the games
I've felt bad for saying the R-word even to my brothers because it can be a mean word.
One time I saw about 3 people making fun of a down syndrome girl and it made me mad and and I felt really bad for the girl.
Hello, my name is Lumene. People called me Lightning because I'm a very fast runner.
I was born with disabilities.I worked hard to be like everyone else. I been hurt be people say the r word to me. But I can do just as much as you.
It's really hard when people don't understand what the heck you're even going through.
addy or lune
when I was in first to fourth grade, I was bullied a lot for having dyslexia.
I went to school in Cold Spring. There was another person who made fun of my disability.
When my Aunt Sid heard one of my brothers teasing me, she said I was selectively smart and most of the family started doing that too.
I love my life with Special Olympics. My favorite sports are bowling, horse back riding and gymnastics, too.
Hello, my name is Hayden Redmon. I'm a Special Olympics athlete and I just graduated to be a Special Olympics Athlete Ambassador.
Jason A. Plants
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My neighbor, her name is Madison. She is 13 and she has cerebral palsy from the neck down, so she cannot walk or stand up. Even though she can't walk, she's so much fun to hang out with. She can talk and laugh and she has a pet gerbil.
My dad passed away in 2003, and no matter what the sport is I have his initials somewhere on my equipment..
kristin kayla gibson
Kandi Sue Tisone
I am assistant coach for Special Olympics Fort Collins flag football. This is my second year and I love it.
Heather Kylene Hillebert
Vicki O'Keefe (Ben's mum)
I've been in Special Olympics for 14 years. I enjoyed it so much.
But seeing how far I've come in Special Olympics, I feel like I found my family away from my family.
Yvette Pople Patil
While growing up there was not a day or person who wouldn't call me the R word even my family called me and it defeated my strength and my zest for a brighter future.