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Special Olympics is in 170 countries, has 4.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and is involved in sports, health care, youth programs and more. Keep track of our international news on this page.
The monument will be located outside of Soldier Field – recognized as the birthplace of Special Olympics.
Special Olympics athletes met Pope Francis during official audience at The Vatican
Lonnie Snyder, Ngawa Mumba and Mashane Nthutang
Panama is pledging its support for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
As part of the III Latin American Games with the funding of the Inter-American Development Bank and the support of the Government of the Republic of Panama, Special Olympics Latin America held the International Sport for Development Forum on “Inclusive Strategies for Equity.”
The Special Olympics World Games 2019 will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 14 to 21 March 2019.
We live in an era where bullying has become public sport, where public figures and leaders from dozens of walks of life seem to believe that humiliation and viciousness are acceptable ways of communicating. Showtime’s comedy special, “I Agree with Myself,” includes Gary Owen’s disparaging use of the word “retarded” to describe his cousin with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics was named the Top Disability Organization in the prestigious Harris Poll 28th Annual EquiTrend Study released April 20.
Dr. Matthew Holder
As people across the globe recognize World Health Day today, Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, begins expanded health programming for people with intellectual disabilities. This population lacks access to adequate healthcare and faces significant health disparities.
Martha Jo Braycich
Three years after snowboarder Denny Wedekind beat him to 1st place by 12 seconds, Henry Meece is focused on getting the gold at the X-Games in Aspen next weekend.
Tune in on Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time as Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding athletes will be featured in ABC Network’s World of X Games Golden Moments Show!
By Suzanne Coogan
Special Olympics is alarmed by the disturbing story of a ‘do not resuscitate’ order by hospital staff who listed a patient's learning difficulties among the reasons for doing so.
Special Olympics USA athlete Olivia Quigley is fearless -- she is a powerhouse of energy and inspiration. Because of her drive and inspiration to so many, espnW named her as one of the 25 Most Impactful Women in Sport for 2015!