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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.
Special Olympics Cycle 9 Youth Innovation Projects Launch
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Debbie Ogden considers swimming a lifesaving skill. That is exactly why she raised each one of her children in the pool. The Special Olympics USA head swimming coach has shared that same expertise with Special Olympics athletes for the past 16 years. Before assuming that role, she cheered on her son Robbie, who competed in Special Olympics from the second he was old enough to do so. Robbie was born in 1988 with a chromosomal abnormality, but that would not deter him from following his family’s footsteps, or flutter kicks, in the lanes. Due to his condition, he could not sweat, making swimming the perfect sport to pursue.
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Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis received the Ernst & Young (EY) Ireland Entrepreneur of the Year Special Award for “her relentless hard work and dedication” to making “positive change happen throughout the world,” said Roger Wallace, EY partner lead for the awards.
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A Special Olympics Kenya athlete shares his journey with Special Olympics and why he's so passionate about improving the lives of people of all abilities in his community.
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A Special Olympics Brazil event at the Olympic Park highlights the leaders for inclusion in Rio de Janeiro.
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16 delegations participated in the Special Olympics European Unified Youth Basketball tournament 2022.
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Special Olympics Unified Sports® received national attention through a feature from Education Week, the nation’s most trusted resource for K-12 education news and information.
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LETR council members Mick Olsen and Chelsea Haag-Witherden join Inclusion Revolution Radio to talk about their roles on the Law Enforcement Torch Run Council.
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The Law Enforcement Torch Run stars were big and bright deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country for the 2022 International Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Conference.
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"As Far As They can Run" now streaming on Paramount+
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Throughout the Special Olympics North America Region, companies demonstrate what an inclusive environment should look like and how that translates throughout the communities. While some help in the athletic realm, others are helping in employment, an important aspect of living an independent life. In Canada, companies like Sobeys and Tim Hortons go above and beyond in leading the charge with meaningful employment opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities.
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Special Olympics Board Vice Chair Loretta Claiborne featured in the new tabletop book "Entertainment Nation."
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