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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.
a man with examination gloves on is performing a test while athletes and other individuals watch under an outdoor tent.
How important is it to get a second opinion? Ask any of the athletes who have received a health screening from Special Olympics. To date, Special Olympics has conducted more than 2.3 million throughout the world.
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Girl standing in the grass holding a sign that reads: Congratulations! ATM i'm the newest loudest and proudest member of the fightin texas aggies!
Texas A&M University opens up Aggie ACHIEVE program this fall where young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are able to enroll in an inclusive, certificate-based, four-year education program.
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School representatives and unified teams standing by a national unified champion school banner.
Warren High school in Downey, California was recognized on February 12th as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School by meeting 10 standards of excellence that fall in four pillars: Special Olympics Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, Whole School Engagement, and Program Sustainability.
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Young man holding an American Football and running while two members from the opposing team are chasing him.
The Chicago Bears hosted 180 Special Olympics athletes from 12 Special Olympics Illinois teams in a flag football tournament held in Halas Hall. The tournament which was sponsored by United Airlines allowed Bears players such as Rookie Running Back David Montgomery a chance to give Special Olympics athletes a chance to fulfill aspirations that they once had as kids.
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A young boy on the left hold a mother figures hand; a young girl with crutches dressed in floral and pink in the center; a young man with two canes standing and smiling.
Around the world, there are one billion people who live with disabilities. Currently, the global health community is working toward two, ambitious goals for 2030.
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Six people on a set standing around a table with food.
Los Angeles-based Unified Schools teammates, Diego Salazar and Iantha Kahn, served up some savory salads with Mara Sampo’ and Chef Massimo Denaro from Sfixio in Beverly Hills during the “Special Olympics Live” stream-a-thon. You can find the recipes for Caprse Salad, Sicilian Salad and Tuscan Panzanella Salad below.
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U.S. President Donald Trump, center, speaks during a meeting with members of the delegation that represented the USA at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
On 18 July, 20 Special Olympics USA representatives including athletes, coaches and Unified partners were invited to the White House by President Donald J. Trump to congratulate and recognize them for their accomplishments at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. President Trump was joined by his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, along with Vice President Michael Pence, his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence as well as His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Abigail Blunt, spouse of Senator Roy Blunt, and Charlie Blunt, son of Senator Roy Blunt.
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Streamathon July
Special Olympics Live happens on Friday, July 19 -- a 4-hour program produced in Los Angeles, running from 2 pm to 6 pm approx PT. The Special Olympics Live stream-a-thon will be hosted by two LA-based Unified Schools teammates – Diego Salazar and Iantha Kahn – along with Max Carver, actor and enthusiastic Special Olympics supporter, and Lindsay Miller, award-winning journalist and news/culture director at POPSUGAR.
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During the ESPN broadcast of the DC United verses New England Revolution game on Friday, July 12, 2019, Special Olympics Unified soccer teams that also took to the field were covered in the primetime halftime report. The unified event took place as part of the Global Week of Inclusion in partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS) and ESPN.
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