Press Releases

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. Here's what's happening world wide.
Unified Basketball team on the court in a row for a group photo.
This diverse group of accomplished athletes—including four individuals competing in Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019—will tip-off in an inclusive game with NBA and WNBA legends and players on February 15.
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Four different images with two people in each smiling and showing friendly support of one another.
142 youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities are the recipients of a second round of Special Olympics Youth Innovation grants, resulting in 84 Youth Innovation Projects.
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Male and female athletes in a group cheering with medals around their necks.
Sweden has been granted the opportunity to host Special Olympics’ flagship sporting event, the World Winter Games in 2021.
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Athletes in action positions photoshopped on a 2019 Abu Dhabi illustrated logo background.
A raft of new developments were announced 4 December at a major summit held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to mark 100 days to go until Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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WWE Superstar Sasha Banks and Team UAE athlete Chaica are looking at a visual being shown by a man.
WWE announced a partnership with the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, the biennial global sporting event featuring thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from March 14 to March 21, 2019.
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Dominican Republic representative speaking to a group of athletes and representatives.
Special Olympics is celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) by challenging everyone to up their game for global inclusion.
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Panel members watching a young athlete speak behind the National Press Club podium.
Special Olympics International and the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children are launching Operation Safeguard.
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One player jumps for a layup shot; another player attempts to block the shot.
Between 24 November and 2 December, almost 19,000 players will take part in 250 local and national events across 35 European countries.
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The Board of Directors of Special Olympics International met last week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as guests of the First Lady of the Dominican Republic Cándida Montilla de Medina.
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Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® Launches Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge to Win a Trip to 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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Daina Shilts sitting at a desk with her medals around her neck reading over a card with a health representative.
1.2 million frames and sunglasses donated to athletes over 15 years.
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Athletes and representatives cut a ribbon in front of a Healthy Athletes backdrop.
Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, is offering free health screenings and education to 400 people with intellectual disabilities during the World Tennis Invitational.
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