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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.
(L-R): Ben Haack, Lucy Meyer and Ian Harper: Athlete leaders will make up a key part of the Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum. They function as spokespersons between the Special Olympic athletes and the outside world.
During the Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum in Baku an important role will be played by the athlete leaders of the movement.
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Special Olympics Chairman Dr Timothy Shriver (L) and the honorable Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sport of Azrbaijian together with Special Olympics athletes from Azerbaijan light the flame.
"We are here not because we haven’t made progress, but because we haven’t made enough."
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Ricardo Thornton and wife, Donna, at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., with Special Olympics Virginia athlete Gavin Brodie. All three are standing in front of Ricardo's display with their hands up in celebration.
Special Olympics athlete Ricardo Thornton stopped by the National Museum of American History exhibit that features his own medal and jersey.
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A young athlete is playing table tennis during 2018 Special Olympics East Asia Unified Camp. He is wearing a red and white Special Olympics jersey and a blue watch. He has a ping pong paddle in his right hand and balancing a ball on top which he is intently staring and consecrating on.
2018 Special Olympics East Asia Unified Camp was held in Fujian Normal University from July 1st to July 6th.
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Singer Bada in an off white dress and a group of four supports (one female and three male) dressed in all black on stage in front of a light up sign that reads "Light up for Inclusion."
The ceremony for the ‘Light Up For Inclusion’ was held at the Jamsil Lotte World Tower, the tallest building in Korea , on 21st July.
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Young athlete from Special Olympics Mongolia is developing his athletic skill during Young Athlete Training workshop. He is sitting on the carpet with his legs bent in front of him holding a multi-colored polka-dot ball preparing to toss it through an orange hoop mounted on a yellow cone. There are more young athletes in the background.
From June 5 to 6, 2018, Special Olympics Mongolia organized its Young Athlete Training Workshop in Ulaanbaatar with over 60 coaches, teachers, and parents.
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Runners in yellow reflective vests run besides law enforcement officers down a road in a rural setting.
To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Special Olympics, Special Olympics Mongolia held the first Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 30, 2018.
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Participants, athletes, parents and representatives of the 42nd Special Olympics Hong Kong Swimming Competition stand in a row shoulder to shoulder in front of Special Olympics signage.
The "42th SOHK Swimming Competition" was successfully held on July 3 & 15, 2018 at the Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool.
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Attendees of the Special Olympics Family Forum in Xi'An, China are in a group, six males and females in the front row and six in the back row, the back row is making a heart shape with the their hands and arms above their head with the person next to them. A young man in the front is holding a poster with notes and a drawing of two hands inside a heart.
Special Olympics (SO) Family Forum was successfully held in Xi'an, China, between July 10th – 12th, 2018.
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The Unified football match in collaboration with Incheon United FC and Suwon Samsung Bluewings took place on July 18th in Korea. A group of unified players stand in a row on the field with the bleacher behind them.
The Unified football match in collaboration with Incheon United Football Club and Suwon Samsung Bluewings took place on July 18th.
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