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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.
John C. McGinley's professional head shot. He's resting his hand on his head and leaning into the photo on his elbows. He has on a blue thermal shirt.
On Friday, November 30th Special Olympics D.C. hosted its 34th Night of Trees Fundraising Gala.
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Sara Feldman sitting on a Bocce court holding a bocce ball looking up at the camera and smiling.
17-year-old Sara Feldman is one of fourteen female athletes from Saudi Arabia that will be competing in the upcoming Abu Dhabi Special Olympics World Games 2019.
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Abu Dhabi representatives and a Kenya athletes family speak together in a house. On the left are two representatives from Abu Dhabi and a young athlete and on the right are four family members.
On Dec 4, 2018, it was announced that the upcoming Abu Dhabi Special Olympics World Games will be hosting the largest amount of nations in history. With the recent addition of 22 nations, the total comes to 192, a ground-breaking record for the Special Olympics. These nations represent a variety of new programs established in Africa, Asia Pacific, MENA and North America.
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Shay Dagan Plessman presenting President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin with a Special Olympics signature red football.
Unified football and judo followed by an official reception at the residence of the President were just some of the highlights of the recent launch of Special Olympics Israel.
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A Unified Robotics competitor puts the finishing touches on her robot.
The Special Olympics Unified Robotics competition, held in Seattle, Washington on November 18th, encourages students with special needs who are interested in engineering to display their talents while continually emphasizing inclusion and awareness in STEM.
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Two robots in front of a robot monster logo.
The Special Olympics Unified Robotics competition was held in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, November 18th.
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Football players are practicing dribbling the ball and working their way down the field toward the keeper to make a goal. On player has the ball, three are waiting, a ref is supervising; you can see the keeper and an assistance's legs in the foreground.
Ahead of the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, Team Egypt held training camp for the athletes who'll be competing in 14 different sports.
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Dan talking with a host while he receives the news of becoming an International Global Ambassador. There is a congratulations cake on the desk.
By Daniel Smrokowski
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George Bush hugging Loretta Claiborne at the White House
President George H.W. Bush will be forever celebrated and memorialized by people with disabilities for his signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.
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Kalin Bennett standing in the gymnasium looking off into the distance with a smile on his face. He's in a black Nike hoodie; blue bleachers and stairs are in the background.
Kalin Bennett is an incoming student to Kent State University recruited to play for the university’s NCAA Division 1 basketball team. It will make him the first student-athlete with autism recruited to play for the school.
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