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.
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19 March 2019: The Special Olympics World Winter Games Sweden 2021 logo has been unveiled.
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Athletes and representatives together in a group in front of a Unified Champions Schools and World Games 2019 logo backdrop.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced their pledge to implement the Unified Champion Schools (UCS) program across all public schools.
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Wang Yihan on the left and Peter Gade on the right; both in action poses going for the birdy with their rackets. .jpg
Special Olympics and the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announce a long-term partnership and commitment to developing a cooperative plan to increase inclusion and accessibility for more athletes.
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In the wake of the deadly shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, athletes from Special Olympics New Zealand and Special Olympics United Arab Emirates, along with leaders of Special Olympics, gathered at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
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Of the 200 nations, 195 will compete in the Games and five will observe.
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Fireworks going off in Zayad stadium.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced the start of Special Olympics World Games 2019 at a spectacular Opening Ceremony at Zayed Sports City on Wednesday.
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Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards recipients seated on stage: Ms. Ann Costello, Executive Director, Golisano Foundation and Nyasha Derera and Ibtihaj Muhammad both Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger at the Global Health Forum.↵↵Recipients include: Professor Kamal Bani-Hani of Jordan, Dr. Luc Marks of Belgium, Ying Feng from Hua Dong Hospital in China, Dr. Ashok Dhoble of India, Dr. Manoj Shah from The Lions Sight First Eye Hospital in Kenya, Marco Villasboa, Chairmen of the board of Special Olympics Paraguay, is accepting the award on Dr. Ferreira’s behalf, Dr. Peter Seidenberg from the United States of America.
The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics honored seven healthcare organizations and professionals who are on the frontlines of bringing essential and often unprecedented health care services to the most marginalized people on earth, those with intellectual disabilities (ID).
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Seven honorees will receive Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards ABU DHABI, UAE: Prior to the official opening of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 on 14 March, Special Olympics will host a Global Inclusive Health Forum on 13 March.
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Special Olympics Life in electric green and blue
This Friday, 8 March starting at 2:00 pm ET/11 a.m. PT, Special Olympics will be going coast to coast doing a live stream featuring our athletes and influencers to show the world how much better it can be when we practice inclusion and #ChooseToInclude.
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Basketball player wearing #11 jumping up with the ball. The text in the background reads: ESPN coverage begins 14 March, 2019 Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019
ESPN's coverage of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi will begin Thursday, March 14, with a live three-hour special ESPNEWS, capturing the inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi Opening Ceremony.
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Five young adults wearing Spread the Word Inclusion t-shirts.
Special Olympics, Best Buddies International and supporters from around the world will unite on Wednesday, March 6th for the annual Spread the Word Day.
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Flame is bound for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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