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Professional NFL Football Player Alex and Special Olympics Athletes. Professional NFL Football Player Alex and Special Olympics Athletes.
Five Special Olympics athletes join NFL Player Alex Singleton to launch School of Strength: Snack Zone nutrition campaign
Malcom Harris-Gowdie standing at an NFL podium. Malcom Harris-Gowdie standing at an NFL podium.
Malcom Harris-Gowdie makes history as the first fully paid Special Olympics athlete-reporter to cover Super Bowl.
Sana running on a track. Sana running on a track.
Follow Sana's journey from being chained up and excluded to competing at the Special Olympics Berlin World Games 2023.
Susan Wang, Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Susan Wang, Sargent Shriver Global Messenger
10 exceptional athletes from around the world will serve 4 years as Sargent Shriver Global Messengers
Coach Edna showing standing next to an athlete and showing a certificate. Coach Edna showing standing next to an athlete and showing a certificate.
Celebrate Black History Month with Special Olympics and learn about the ways it helps to amplify and support African American voices and communities around the US.
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    Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.
    • Mission The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
    • History From a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives and attitudes since 1968.
    • Eunice Kennedy Shriver Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, was a pioneer in the worldwide struggle for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.
    • Leadership Teams Special Olympics is led by a senior management team with broad corporate and nonprofit experience. Seven regional offices around the world are headed up by managing directors who support the ongoing growth and development of programs in their regions. In addition, Special Olympics has a Global Athlete Leadership Council which features an Athlete Leader from each of the seven regions and provides feedback, guidance, and ideas to the Special Olympics International Board of Directors and Leadership Team.
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