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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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By Betty Zhang
The annual Special Olympics Unity Fundraising Gala Dinner was held at the Andaz Xintiandi Hotel in Shanghai recently.
By Christy White
Worldwide media coverage of the Special Olympics World Games that past summer reached a historical height of awareness, generating over 20 billion media impressions.
By East Asia Staff
By Josh Kaplan
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By Monica Miller
Rudy R Castillo
The first time that golf was played in the Special Olympics in 1995 a South African, Andrew White, won the gold medal. Andrew was again back in Los Angeles this year, and he won silver!
More than 65,000 crowded into the Los Angeles Coliseum last night to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially opened the Games
Scott Gleason in USA Today wrote: "When the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968, she believed people with intellectual disabilities could change the world if given the proper stage."
Law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes from all over the world will carry the Flame of Hope to more than 100 communities throughout California, raising awareness for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
Today, on the steps of the California State Capitol, Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from all over the world were joined by California Governor Jerry Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom for the launch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg.
I put them on a bus with others some as special as them others leaders to help. My husband and I would meet them there but they would be staying a few days in campus dorms.
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year.