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What We Do
Special Olympics supports over 5 million athletes, coaches, and volunteers with 32 Olympic-type sports.
Games and Competition
Local and international year-round sports training and athletic competitions.
Improving the health and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities.
Youth and Schools
Empowering Youth Leaders, educators, coaches, and families to build inclusive schools and communities for all.
Unleashing leadership potential in people of all abilities.
The Revolution Is Inclusion
A peaceful campaign to end discrimination of people with intellectual disabilities.
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Learn more about the power Special Olympics has to make real change around the world.
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Inclusion Revolution Radio
Inclusion Revolution Radio episodes drop every other Friday at 10am ET. The athlete-led podcast wants to know: what does inclusion mean to you?
Unified Cup 2022
31 July – 6 August 2022 in Detroit, MI USA
17 – 25 June 2023 in Berlin, Germany
Host an Event
Learn more about hosing an international Special Olympics event.
17 to 25 June 2023
, the Special Olympics World Games will take place
– the first time that Germany will host the Games!
About Intellectual Disabilities
Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Story
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Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Pledge to Include
Explore the rich collection of articles, speeches, videos, and galleries that tell the story of Eunice's life and her impact on people around the world.
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Parade Magazine: "The Sun Has Burst Through"
Brighter days are ahead for the retarded--but they still need your understanding
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A Message to the Special Olympics Movement on the Passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Her faith in the athletes of Special Olympics was unfailing, even from the very start.
3 Min Read
World Games Expand the Movement
Early on, Eunice recognized the need for a platform to reach the larger public and mobilize people of influence around the movement.
The Life of Sargent Shriver
He helped build peace by developing and implementing programs and policies structured to promote long-term, cumulative, peaceable change.
The Shriver Family
Eunice strongly encouraged her children to learn and take the most from any activity; all the while reminding them of their responsibility to make a difference and contribute to the world.
A Global Leader Advocating around the World
Eunice knew, that to a large extent, presidents, premiers and popes set the agenda for their followers. If you get to the head, you get to the heart.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Awards & Recognitions
Tim Shriver put it best: "If you look at her brothers and sisters and all that they accomplished, no one will stand any higher than my mother."
Dr. Paul Berman: Entering a Special World
Dr. Paul Berman, founder of Special Olympics' free Opening Eyes vision screenings, describes the world Eunice helped create, one of equality, personal growth and empowerment.
Special Olympics Mourns the Loss of Eunice Kennedy Shriver
She has been a leader in the worldwide movement to improve and to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities for more than six decades.
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Special Olympics Continues to Unite Us
It was meant to be - to make my heart grow a little bigger.
2 Min Read
Remarks: 1991 Games
For we are the peacemakers.
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Remarks: 1987 World Games
Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Charge to the Athletes at the Opening Ceremonies of the International Summer Special Olympics Games. South Bend, Indiana, USA August 2, 1987
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