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These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes the lives of our athletes with intellectual disabilities but also our coaches, families, volunteers and others who have the opportunity to take part.
Many people with intellectual disabilities live sedentary lives and have unhealthy eating habits. Data collected by Special Olympics shows that 80% of athletes with intellectual disabilities are overweight or obese.
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At the 2019 World Games, Tan Yee Shu was known as the talented and motivated captain of his Unified basketball team. He continued that leadership even after competitions and in-person training halted due to COVID-19.
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People Reports on newest Special Olympics Global Ambassador, Charles Melton.
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A Special Olympics India Unified Partner becomes youngest Asian girl to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
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Sports Illustrated features Special Olympics athlete Derek Baker as he draws the attention of WWE Champions.
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Learn to Lead with the #UnifiedGeneration
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Special Olympics New York athlete Cori makes a case for inclusive healthcare.
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, occurring on 6 April, was created by the U.N. in 2013 to recognize the impact that sport can have on human rights issues. For 2021, the theme is resiliency—building back stronger and better.
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Coach LaCapra, of Oxford High School, was awarded the SONA Outstanding Coach award for Unified Champion Schools.
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For World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2021, we came up a few survey questions for fellow Special Olympics athletes with autism. We both work at Special Olympics. Josh is an Assistant in the Business Services department and Jerry works as a Specialist with the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® program. Through these answers, we hope readers will learn that people with autism have a wide variety of talents, outlooks and experiences.

Article and interviews by Jerry Holy and Josh Cohen
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is hosting the Digital Youth Summit: Inclusion in Action on May 7, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00PM ET for all middle and high school students.
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What are short, fun, and seem to be on an endless energetic loop? Gifs of course…and children!
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