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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.
Ben holding a countdown sign to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle
Hello, my name is Ben Collins, and here is my story. I have been working at Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. for 26 years, and I work in the Branding, Communications, and Content Department.
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Think College blue and green logo that reads: Think College: Changing expectations. Increasing opportunities.
For many years, students with intellectual disability did not get the chance to go to college. They left high school, often remaining unemployed and socially isolated.
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Wal-Mart employees and Special Olympics athletes post for a group photo. Back row consisting of four males on the left, one female then another male on the right. Front row is of two femails. the group is standing inf ront of a wood panel wall. .jpg
Q & A with Walmart about promoting inclusion in the workplace for employees with intellectual disabilities.
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Black and white photo of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Richard Daley, Melanie and Kevin O'Brien and representative. Richard Daley is presenting an Honorary Chairman Chicago Special Olympics document to Kevin.
Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, left, meets with Eunice Kennedy Shriver, center, William McFetridge of the Chicago Park District, right, and Special Olympics athletes, including Kevin O’Brien, before the first International Special Olympics Summer Games in 1968.
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Three young men, Spectrum employees, sitting on chairs and one standing; all four are in a storage room with shelves and supplies. A sign in the background says: Fulfill your dreams.
Special Olympics is excited to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month!
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Dionte Foster sitting in a char on the right getting fitted with his athletic prosthetic.
The Special Olympics Tennis gold medalist Dionte Foster, from St. Kitts and Nevis tried out his new prosthetic leg for the first time in Louisville, Kentucky.
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James Pierce before and after emergency dental care.
James Pierce, a 42 year old Special Olympics athlete from Kentucky with Down syndrome, was recently referred to the Henry Hood medical center for care.
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Group of Special Olympics family, friends, unified athletes, and athletes standing in a semi circle and looking up for a photo. Everyone is wearing a red short sleeve Special Olympics t-shirt.
Participants at the Special Olympics Africa Sibling and Family Workshop speak about the important role siblings play.
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(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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