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Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
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Our millions of athletes are coached by knowledgeable, trained volunteers whose stories are memorable and powerful.
By Timothy Damiani
One of our athletes, Joe DePompa, has taken the Coaches' Certification exam and passed!
I have an older sister. She was born with downs. I had only met her twice because her mother put her up for adoption because she was a "monster" for being born with a birth defect.
Pontiac Township High School has made another awesome video that is ENTIRELY student-made. It is called GOOD FEELINGS and features an original
I was a volleyball coach for Yuba-Sutter Special Olympics in 1990 before leaving the United States Air Force. I had the pleasure of taking a team down to UCLA.
I have sons and 2 are twin boys. They are human, all humans deserve respect.
A group of students from Kansas City, Kansas have joined the campaign, and began spreading the message at a school-wide pep rally earlier this week.
I have been coaching bowling Special Olympics Bowling for the past 3 years. This past spring I stepped forward and began coaching a basketball team.
Those were the sage words of wisdom were confided to me by a 40-year-old gentleman with Down syndrome who was a member of my Special Olympics team after witnessing another 8-year-old athlete eat his lunch when not supervised.
After battling cancer for the past year, I realize my time on this earth is limited. So, I wanted to try something different to make a difference in the world while I can.
I work at an ARC home and started a small basketball game for a few of the houses before I found out about special olympics in our area. I got a few of the guys from my house interested and one of the women just went to watch.
Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator
Victor L. Brown
I have a horse rider that i teach her name is gabbi and shes is beautiful! as she says!!
The Gulf Breeze Girls Lacrosse team is trying to Spread the word about ending the R word! At the local high school lacrosse game this week they are hosting the Best Buddies Night.
Working with individuals with disabilities is an eye opening experience. Hearing people use the r-word really disappoints me. Just because someone has a disability doesn't mean they are incapable.
As a volunteer for Special Olympics it makes me smile to see this. I have a shirt I wear once a week that says "spread the word to end the word." I was inspired to be a coach at the age of 9.
Students from Hillcrest Elementary took the pledge throughout the entire day on Wednesday, March 4, 2014. This is a video from the day.
Bill Mondt III
I have a younger sister who has Downs. I have lost friends, gotten into fights, walked out of classes, been asked to leave classes just because of of others using that word.
My son is a future member of Jimmy's Jaguars. We are a community based team in the Salt Lake Valley. I don't want my son or any of my athletes talked down to and treated less than. Join us in getting rid of this word!
Romy Bertemes, Barbara Oehl (Ecole Privée Sainte-Anne, Luxembourg)
I worked(???) for Special Olympics for 10 years..I was blessed to meet a very young girl --She was TRULY SPECIAL...We went to ALL the local events and TWICE to STATE GAMES..
Victor L. Brown, SOJ Floorball Coordinator
2010 came as any other year would, with the promise I would accomplish and change and become a better me. The only thing different about 2010 is that my life was about to change forever.
My participation in Special Olympics has been coaching in different disciplines: athletics, bocce, 5 men team soccer and now unified sports with 20 young athletes of Special education located in Tulancingo de in Bravo State of Hidalgo.
Hi, my name is John Dove, and for the last six years I have coached people of various ages that have disabilities. I coach them in baseball. I got into coaching in an organization called the Challenger League because my sister has Down syndrome.
I have never had a "bad" day with my group. The folks I coach energize me as they do those around them.
I feel bad I used to use this word. I finally saw the light when a close cousin had a son with Down syndrome. I said the word one day around my son and he replied by saying "I no longer use that word."