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.
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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I am a Special Olympics athlete in Vermont. I compete in snowshoe, cross-county skiing, and bocce.
Special Olympics Iran
Close to 160 Special Olympics Iran athletes competed in bocce, roller skating and volleyball.
Before Punsara Dissanayake joined Special Olympics Serendib, she was reluctant to attend school as she feared being bullied.
By Martha Jo Braycich
By Betty Zhang
The Special Olympics East Asia Unified Bocce Invitational Game held in Taiwan drew players from three continents.
Joseph George Krivosik
Last year was my first time competing in Unified bocce. I never competed in bocce before and I tried it for my first time and I liked it. When we went to the area meet for Unified bocce, me and another coach named Eugene Luzwick got second place.
When I first became a Falcon, I didn't know what to expect. I was nervous and scared. The team made me feel like family and I made a lot of friends.
Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.
Mr. Stephen F. Coston and Linda Coston
Stephen's moment of truth came in 2009 when he shot his highest score with 11 strikes in a row for a 290 games. He shocked the whole entire amateur bowling program and showed what inclusion and unified sports is all about.
Prof. Subodh Shankar
Anouk Van Hoofstadt
Alexandra Dickinson, Isabelle Ryder and Chloe William
Ms Erica Celeste
Mr Satyagan Choytun
Bobbie Jo Williams began competing as a Special Olympics Georgia athlete in 2003 at the age of 20 with one of the state's longest standing delegations, Just People.