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 millions of athletes are coached by knowledgeable, trained volunteers whose stories are memorable and powerful.
Our first season of gymnastics starts this fall of 2017 and we could not be more excited!
Willis Junior High's Best Buddies Program in Chandler, Arizona has been doing an incredible job with their Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
Popi Andreadou, a coach of the Greek Special Olympics ski team.
I pledge for my son, Trevor, who on top of having Down Syndrome, suffered an anoxic brain injury due to gross mishandling of a ruptured appendix 8 yrs ago. And also for all with different abilities.
We need more role models these days to educate our youth and break the cycle of using hurtful words.
Athletes from Bucks County along with Unified partners, coaches, family and friends participated in the Rocky Balboa Run.
I can't compete in varsity sports in high school because my skill level is low but Special Olympics gave me the chance no one else would give me.
It's a term used to belittle and an oppressive term that inpacts on all people with a disability and seeing people as less than non-disabled people.
Everyone is created differently. With different characteristic, different physically and different ability.
I live in Great Britain and many years ago the word commonly used for Down syndrome was "spastic" retarded was used as well.
Some years ago my youngest daughter (age 4) was asked "what's the matter with him?" about her brother's best friend.
Some years ago my youngest daughter (aged 4) was asked "what's the matter with him?" about her brother's best friend
By Kari Jo Faulhaber
A post on the StoryTeller blog tells the story of a Special Olympics athlete and the opportunities that changed his life.
By Gina Warren
She was born with many challenges. But Alicen has accomplished far more than anyone expected her to when she was born.
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.