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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I am a Special Olympics athlete in Vermont. I compete in snowshoe, cross-county skiing, and bocce.
Oleksandra Chuvakova, Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft Ukraine
Popi Andreadou, a coach of the Greek Special Olympics ski team.
A new online quiz on Cross Country Skiing is now available. It's a great way to review and learn about the Special Olympics approach to this sport in a low-pressure quiz format.
Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.
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Story from Czech Republic
Michal Horvat started to ski when he was 7 years old. After first year of skiing he attended Special Olympics Czech Republic National Winter Games.