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RJ Nealon

RJ Nealon is a Special Olympics North America communications fellow and athlete reporter, alumni of the University of Alabama and former ESPN intern.
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Dominique DeHerrera may be undersized, but her size doesn’t hold her back on the soccer pitch. Having played the sport since the age of four, the now 20-year-old DeHerrera gets to show her athletic ability and intense competitive spirit at the forward position. Her fierce and mighty style of play has created opportunities that only a select few get to experience.
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It was a full-circle moment for Beth Meyer. The swimmer has competed for Special Olympics Ohio since 1990 but had never participated in the USA Games, the organization’s biggest domestic competition. But 2022 happened to be her year.
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It was fast success for Special Olympics Colorado athlete Tania Wright. With just a year of experience in powerlifting, Wright was selected to represent her state at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida. “It was amazing,” Wright says. “It was a lot of fun. Hot and humid, of course, but it was really cool.”
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In her 40’s and with nearly four decades of experience in various disciplines, May hopes to be a role model for the younger generation and new athletes in many ways.
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Playing a variety of positions, the 21-year-old says he enjoys wide receiver the most, but he also shines on the defensive side of the ball.
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With excitement in his voice, Collins Clingman talks about his lifelong passion for the Green Bay Packers and Iowa Hawkeye football. The Ottumwa, Iowa, native also says he’s a season ticket holder for the local community college’s basketball team. He loves to watch games with his brother-in-law, and for more than 25 years, he’s participated in athletics, softball and bowling for Special Olympics Iowa. There’s no denying it: Clingman is in his element whenever sports are involved.
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For most of her youth, Emma Haug, a coach for Special Olympics Washington, played soccer and volleyball, but as she entered the hallways of high school, sports became secondary.
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Throughout the country, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Special Olympics work together to advance inclusion programs for students with intellectual disabilities.
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Throughout the country, colleges and universities are demonstrating what it truly means to be a part of the inclusion revolution.
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Amy Selvey, an active member of SHAPE America, uses the skills and resources received from SHAPE to help her coach Special Olympics Florida athletes.
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