Let the countdown begin!
Less than a year to go till the next Special Olympics World Games, set for 14-21 March 2019 in Abu Dhabi. These will be the first World Games in the Middle East, spreading joy and inclusion worldwide!
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Celebrating 50 Years
Starting in July 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Learn more.
Didier Drogba Announced as Special Olympics’ newest Global Ambassador

Global football (soccer) legend Didier Drogba will help promote inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.

Read more here.

Azerbaijan to host Groundbreaking Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum
International leaders with & without intellectual disabilities promoting inclusion
Global Leaders in Health
Special Olympics hosts United Nations health and human rights officials during 2018 MENA Regional Games
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Special Olympics is Changing the World!
Every day, in 172 countries, our sports bring people together, creating a healthier, more welcoming world for all.
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Heavy Hitter
David Egan has testified in the U.S. Senate and worked on Capitol Hill. Learn more about this athlete leader.
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Video: Why Michael Phelps Loves Special Olympics
See who else loves the idea of creating a more welcoming world where everyone is included. Watch the video now.
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Video: Come To Our World
Watch this short video to see how uniting on the playing field can change the game for all of us.
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Sports and So Much More
With over 108,000 events a year – plus leadership, health and unified programs -- our athletes find fulfillment on the playing field and in life.
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Changing Attitudes
Every day, our athletes inspire people everywhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.
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Improving Athlete Health
We open doors to better health care for people with intellectual disabilities, who face stigma and often lack access to care.
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Play Unified!
Unified Sports teams people with and without intellectual disabilities in a common bond in their love of sports.
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Out of the Shadows
For decades, Special Olympics has been breaking down barriers and creating opportunities to let talents and joy shine through! 
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