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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When I joined Team Unify, I didn't know what to expect. Now I know. I've already made new friends and saw the whole picture on what the program is about. #respect
Throughout all my elementary and middle school years, I was the shyest person you could meet. Going into my high school years was terrifying. I wasn't so involved my freshman year, but it didn't stop me from looking for ways I could get more involved. My sophomore year, I learned about a club called Pr
I went to sports camp going into 3rd grade. We were playing baseball. I got three strikes and I was out, as the game goes. This kid going into the fifth grade called me the r-word. I didn't know what that means. The camp ended and I looked up the word. I was really
This is our third year as a Special Olympics Unified Champion school and this year we hosted / will host our third Spread the Word to End the Word Event. Our Unify Reps share to all of our 4th and 5th graders why the R Word is hurtful and offensive word. We have guest speaker DJ Svoboda speak. Our w
Martha Jo Braycich
Cecelia Ann Corda Bosche
I will forever be grateful to the Special Olympics, and Unified Sports. I was a sophomore at Catoctin High School, Thurmont, MD, when I began participating. We would gather three times a week for practice and competition. Competing with my special needs teammates was an amazingly enriching and re
Some years ago my youngest daughter (aged 4) was asked "what's the matter with him?" about her brother's best friend
I was 17 years old when my second baby brother was born (I am now 20). They changed my entire mindset and vocabulary.
By Maureen Clarke
Nine high school students enthusiastically embraced the role of volunteer as they underwent training at the newly launched Young Athletes site in Smorgoni, Belarus.
By Bettina Lehmann
By Aaron Mills
This is the first year my school has done this, so it's amazing to see what we have accomplished
A week ago, I had a life-changing experience. My best friend called me the R-word.
Hopefully, in my lifetime, the word will end and my children and grandchildren will not even know the word existed.
Katie McGinty Botha
The first major phase of the 24-month USAID-supported “Play Unified” project in Serbia ended with pledges from 20 schools to continue the success of the program.
Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International, gave a keynote address to more than 500 school sport professionals at the YST's National Conference.