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Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
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We have over 4.5 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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I am Sebastian Palmeri’s mother and I feel like the mother of a rock star. My son has become a real winner and this has only happened since we found out about Special Olympics.
By Victor L. Brown
The head coach of a pro floorball team got a new point of view of the Jamaica Maroons floorball team.
"My life so far has been very challenging with many ups and downs," said Haseeb Abbasi of Pakistan. He was standing on the TedX stage in Lahore.
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At a Special Olympics camp held near Transylvania, Romania, a little girl sprints with a personality larger than life. Maria only moves at one speed—fast.
Leslie at BoulderShares
8th grade was when my world changed for the best. I was a kid who didn't care much about anyone else besides myself.
My name is Cade Campbell I just participated in Special Olympics alpine skiing up at Terry Peak on the 2nd and 3rd of February and I had the greatest time of my life.
Brian Bates of Iowa is not only a dedicated athlete, but also a volunteer when he is not competing.
At the team tournament in December, Nick looked at me and said, "I'm a winner!" That is a most treasured moment and memory for me!
Special Olympics has helped me give back to the community and help out with people with disabilities.
By Betty Zhang
This week, Uvurkhangai Province held its first Special Olympics games, a two-day event with 36 athletes competing in shot-put, long jump, track, powerlifting, volleyball, and basketball.
By Naomi Saliu-Lawal
Special Olympics Nigeria athlete Solomon Jegede went to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this past summer. Since then, he said, “I feel like a star."
By Reuven Astrachan
East Asia Staff
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By Christy White
Special Olympics has made a game-changing announcement: The Golisano Foundation will provide $25 million to expand Special Olympics’ health services globally.
I have loved basketball since I was 8 years old. I have grand mal seizure, ADHD; I’m currently in high school. Growing up was really hard for me because I didn’t have any friends at all, & I would get bullied a lot.
Special Olympics means so much to her and to us as family members. She has gained so much confidence and made so many friends.