Games and Competition
Stage in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi 2019 World Games; audience on either side of a lit stage.
Every day and all around the world, our athletes train and strive to achieve their very best. During World Games, the entire Special Olympics movement comes together to see our athletes in action and celebrate their victories over huge odds. No other event in the world has the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics World Games. For the athletes and their families, the experience opens doors to unimagined possibilities. For volunteers, coaches, and other supporters from all parts of the world, the Games inspire hope and belief in a brighter future of global acceptance, understanding, and unity.
Athlete lifting weights on his shoulders. A spotter on either side and behind him.
On any given day, Special Olympics athletes are competing all around the world in 32 Olympic-type sports.
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Two athletes swimming in a race.
During World Games, the Special Olympics movement comes together to see our athletes in action.
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A woman's volleyball team all holding the ball for a group picture.
Are you an aspiring athlete, Unified Partner, volunteer or coach? With over 100,000 Special Olympics competitions each year, there are many opportunities for you to get involved.
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Stories about World Games
A picture of Loretta with text that reads: Happy Birthday Loretta Claiborne. The text is illustrated with streamers and balloons.
Loretta Claiborne has traveled the world with Special Olympics since starting to compete in 1970 with Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Over the past 50 years, she’s grown into one of Special Olympics’ most influential voices.
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Kristine poses with her Special Olympics USA World Games trading card and smiles.
On and off the field, Kristine Hughes is a champion of inclusion. She’s a Special Olympics athlete, an athlete leader, a certified coach, and an official. She is also the Athlete Leadership Manager and a Sargent Shriver Global Messenger for Special Olympics North Carolina.
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A man runs at the soccer ball. He is wearing a blue and red uniform. A player from a different team runs after the ball behind him. | A Special Olympics Great Britain stands on a football field showcasing his gold medal.
Winning Gold at the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
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