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.
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Our athletes with intellectual disabilities are the reason for the existence of Special Olympics. In their own words, they tell the story of a movement that is growing worldwide.
Joel A Villarreal
Rainie R.J Gallagher-thompson
My name is James I was born in early 70’s. I Remember having a school near my home but I wasn’t allowed to go their because they didn’t have any special ed class so I was forced to go to a school an hour away.
I was born on October 24th 1978. I was in and out of my family’s foster home for 2 years before being adopted by them. My biological mother drank and did drugs from an early age so I was born with FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) and Turners Syndrome. It was later discovered that I was mildly developmen
Hi my name is Paige and I’m a young adult who was born with static encephalopathy when I was born cause the cord was wrapped around my neck at child birth! I have mild brain damage and learning difficulties but, it’s not stopping me from doing what I love and that’s volunteering at zoo with animals
For 3 years I’ve been attending this event and has been more popular in Orange California. Special Olympics was the first to offer games. Throughout the year Special Olympics program they do the pledge as well as the athletic oath.
Matthew Brian Fenton
Replace the R word with "Respect" and drop the word "Dis" from Ability. Ability comes first. Be a friend be a proud partner of people with special needs and think about what we can do instead of what we "can't" do. I enjoy Special Olympics and it has changed my life for the better.
I love the Special Olympics it gives me hope and make friends all around the county's plus being athlete ambassador it feels like home when people tells me stories how Special Olympics helps them. I reach out to a family who didn't knew about the Special Olympics...
Kyle K. Sianjina
I do Special Olympics! I run the 3000 m and I finally got 1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi my name is Jennifer Pitts. I'm a special needs adult. I hate it when someone uses the r word in the wrong way, think before you speak. I have been an athlete for 31 years already.
I’m been a athlete for 30 years I use to hear the r word all the time until I stand up to them and told them that when you guys use that word it’s hurt people with disability and there family too from a athlete and global messenger too we all are family and some way are either
I am a student and my club is trying to end the r-word that people so constantly use in everyday conversations not realizing how hurtful it can be.
I think the use of the r-word is disrespectful and hurtful.
Deanna Marie Ritzenberg
muhammad Haseeb Abbasi
When I was in High School, I was different from the other students. Students bullied me and a few of my friends (We have Aspergers.), and I was called the R-word.
I was the weird one at our school for being disabled.
But, I’ve had
Shawn john white
I always got made fun of because of my disabilities. People called me the R word and just because I have to be in special ed classes, they would call me stupid. I have epilepsy, and I had people say they wouldn’t want to be around me because they would get seizures too. I used to work, but
I Have Heard People Saying The R-Word. It is Wrong & Rude
I love Special Olympics, and I love hanging with friends. I am 36 years old. I am a special need person, and I can drive and work too. I don't like when people say the r-word to me because they hurt my feelings. They don't know how to respect people, and they need to know how to respect people.
I Have Been In Special Olympics Since I Was 15
I was a girl who grew up around the "R" word, and this word has been used against me for many years, even in high school. As a girl who has been exposed and called this hurtful word, instead of choosing to return the hurt, I try to be the stronger person and resist listening to this word, as it is o
My personal story is rough, but it hurts more when I am treated differently than others. I had an issue with another student who wrongly called me the R-Word. I did not want to address it at the time.
I want to give people advice about what I have been through, and how to not give up the chance to
Carter D Reynolds
I have heard this "R' word so many times and felt offended by that. It is used on people with intellectual disabilities, and I have one of those. I heard it in middle school and lots of other places. To ban this word, people have done pledges on www.r-word.org.
My name is Brandy. I Started Special Olympics in 1997. It was my 1st year with Special Olympics. I Was nominated for the inspirational athlete award. I never thought my 1st Year in I'd get any awards or anything like this could happen to me before. But I did, and I Couldn't be more Proud and honored to have a
I play soccer, golf, track and field and do figure skating. I give back to my community. I help with my figure skating club. I've helped young figure skaters learn to skate for five years. I also help with a group called Fundamentals. I help with exercise and healthy eating. This is who l am. I like to hang out with my boyfrien
When I heard about it brought me down so much and that's why we're doing spread the word to end the word. I do respect and pledge.
I first realized how hurtful this word was when I was in elementary school. I was diagnosed with Autism as an adult, and then it hurt even more. I was bullied all through school and felt alone and afraid. It wasn't until I joined Special Olympics and Butler Best Buddies that I wanted to spread the wo
This is Jessica Simon, and I am a global messenger for Santa Barbara Special Olympics. I am also athlete of the year, and I reach out to the community to stop the use of the r word and also tell people my feelings. I even tell them to stop using that word when I am out in the community. That is why
One time, in school, the school bully called me the r-word and made fun of me for my cerebral palsy. He slapped the milk out of me hand and pushed me down. It really hurt my feeling and I don't like being called the r-word.
My name is Jennifer Pitts. I am A special needs person. I have been in Special Olympics for 30 years already. I been in a lot different sports I have over 300 medals
My name is Madeline rose hamm. I learned not to say anything about the R word. I will end the word. I have friends and family to support. We know who we are. I am not gonna let anyone to bring people down
I have pledged that my vocabulary will never have the stigmatizing words that are derogatory words that are extremely inappropriate to young people who have disabilities.
I joined d99 hoops basketball for the first time and it was good for the first time actually playing basketball and I had good teammates and I had good coaches like miss Jaros and mr wolf and miss Jaros is a good basketball coach and she is very nice
Greetings everyone. I have done the triathlon all by myself for three years now. i love to push my self to do other things and also it helps me stay in shape. hope You come and watch me in State games. i started doing a triathlon in new Zealand and it was great...
My brother used to be made fun of because he's autistic.