Cheers for Champions

We celebrate our most inclusive games in Special Olympics history by profiling global athletes competing in the Abu Dhabi World Games in March. Watch their incredible stories and cheer them on!
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Saleh is a United Arab Emirates athlete leader who is excited to welcome athletes from around the globe for the first Special Olympics World Games in the Middle East!
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Aquiles Heredia
Aquiles' talent and dedication inspire his team...to achieve the 'impossible!' He is an accomplished athlete, who has been training hard for his second Special Olympics World Games competition.
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Xiang Li in a red athletic zip up.
Li Xiang has been changing attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities all his life. In China, people with intellectual disabilities can face stigma from the moment of diagnosis.
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Abhishek Gogoi holding his bike with one hand and giving the peace sign with the other.
With his ambitious training runs, 18-year-old Abhishek has become a familiar sight around Guwahati, the largest city in northeast India.
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Steven Dodd
Most people describe Steven as a leader first; then, as a multi-sport athlete, training hard in a new sport for the 2019 World Games!
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Khadija Sy
Khadija is a role model, health volunteer and public speaker from Senegal. She’s also a Special Olympics athlete who has competed in both the 2011 World Games in Athens and the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.
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Brittany Tagliareni
Brittany didn't say her first word until she was 6; but these days, she communicates power and assurance—through sports.
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