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 over 4.5 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities 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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By Josh Kaplan
I have a 13-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome and possibly autism. Most people in my life know about my daughter yet they still throw the "R" word around like it is nothing more than a word.
In one of my classes, Peer Tutor, I work with different students with disabilities. All the funny, educational, and exciting moments with them truly melt my heart. I witness their true potential.
I have a son who is bipolar, A.D.H.D., and O.D.D. I can not stand the R word because he has been called that so many times. People and kids do not realize that it hurts their feelings.
My Uncle has Epilepsy and a few other things. It drives me nuts when people use derogatory language about him because they don't know him and he is clearly different than most.
I am former college athlete who got into special education and it changed my life. It made me switch my goals and job path from sports management to special education.
Julie "Juju" Felicetta
Hello my Name is Abby. I'm 21 years old. I live in Gilbert. The most part I love in Special Olympics is to be with Chandler, see all my friends, go Friday night social camp, Carley fashion show with Mesa camp challenge.
I've worked for Special Olympics Arizona for 32 years. I have been participating in Unified Sports since 2007.
Carlee and Caron
Janice Plante, Collin's proud mom
Special Olympics North America
Ryan Lister, written at the age of 12
My brother changed the world perspective that anyone can make a difference. ANYONE AND EVERYONE!!!!! All you have to do is try your best and you can achieve the greatest!!!! Keep going!!!!!
We are at the place where all cultures, traditions, and passions coincide, The Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. As a unified partner witnessing the games is only part of the experience.
Christine Parker Hunt