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.
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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
By Noha Gaballa
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.
Daulat Asif Visram
Adil Asif Visram was unable to cope in school. In 1990, he joined a special school and learnt to play different sports. His health improved, he became confident and made many friends.
Cheryl Kehoe Rodgers
Global partner Catholic Relief Services has recently awarded Special Olympics Kenya a grant to support early childhood development for children with intellectual disabilities. The grant will afford Community Health Workers a chance to be trained on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program.
In day to day life, using the r-word is something that you use without thought. By using it to describe an outfit, stranger, or friend I never knew how much I used the word until a peer came up to me and asked me a question.
"Why do they call me names like retard? I don't understand."
I got involved in Special Olympics Florida thanks to two friends of mine. I am a Special Olympics athlete for Seminole County. I got involved in Special Olympics in the year 2009 and I am still part of Special Olympics Seminole County.
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!
Emmie Steenkamp (Young Athlete Coach Manu Dei Centre, Klerksdorp, NorthWest South Africa)
Maria Jose Gonzalez
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!
Fernando started participating in athletics, basketball and swimming – his current sport. His family, teachers and friends are very pleased with the accomplishments that Fernando has had thanks to his perseverance and effort.
My father was disabled and had mental handicaps, therefore he felt that he wasn't as "smart" or "good enough" because of how poorly he had been treated for being "slow". Even though I wasn't the one being called it, hearing my dad use that word to describe himself made me so unbelievably sad.