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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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To those who are fortunate and have had the opportunity to be touched by someone who is not typical, know what true unconditional love is.
Keeping it real, this change is not going to happen overnight for me. Though we are overdue for this change, and it will be worth the effort to show respect.
Special Olympics athletes are my fans and my family and so are the coaches as well.
I used to think that special needs kids weren't human. I would do my best to stay out of their way. Then one day in Gym, a girl with Down Syndrome came up to me.
"Would you like to run together?" she asked.
My young cousin was born with Down's Syndrome. Her parents were told she would never walk, talk, feed or dress herself. Now she is a high school graduate, lives on her own, holds a full time job and attends college classes. She has her limitations but is not retarded!
Special olympics helped me get in physical shape, helped me with my social skills, helped me cope with life.
I was 14 when I joined Special Olympics! It's 2015 and I'm still doing Special Olympics. I love the people. They are super nice and fun loving!
I've been an athlete with Special Olympics for 35 yrs, first track, which I went to World Games for in 1991, skiing, then my fabulous ski coach convinced me to leave track for cycling and I just LOVE it! I've made a ton of friends over the years-Special Olympics is the best thing on Earth!
The best job I ever had was working in a group home helping teach adults with disabilities become functional members of society. I have never met a group of people with so much heart.
Today I don't have any friends who don't have a disability. I am rejected by people just for being different than what they are. Pe
Jessica De Bord
When I turned 25 I joined Special Olympics. I have Cerebral Palsy. I liked water but didn't know how to swim. I wasn't doing well with sports when I was young, now I swim every day.
I'm here to stomp out bullying one word at a time! I feel tht kids shouldn't bully each other.
After fighting for a diagnosis, my brother was finally recognized of having Autism around age 5. I watched him graduate high school yesterday. This day was such a victory for us; even sweeter than my own graduation.
I'm a comedian who has Asperger Syndrome. All my life people think I'm cool. But an ex girlfriend took advantage of me. In 2012, I decided to fight for social justice.
My son was born with a genetic defect its call Williams syndrome. If someone said the R-word to my son I think I would cry and defend him cause he is perfect to me.
The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Special Olympics today announced a two-year global initiative that will leverage the power of sports to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program.
I realized people are saying it to insult her. They don't see the kind hearts or genuine love that this cynical jaded world needs more of...I took this pledge for her.
Marion Mae McDaniel
We were always home, too afraid to do sports -- except for what we play in the back yard or in the neighborhood. Then we found Special Olympics.
I have been involved with my Special Olympic Brother who is now 58 yrs. and is living with my husband and I for more than 30yrs. and I work it also. Special Olympics is my life
I'm going a lot better to this day. Work is helping me out because I'm learning new experiences.