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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.
Becky Lynch and athletes in the ring.
While WWE Superstar Becky Lynch recounted her momentous year to Sports Illustrated, she highlighted her participation in the Special Olympics School of Strength fitness campaign and why working with the organization is so important to her.
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Chris Nikic standing after a swim meet with medals around his neck
This is an excerpt from the USA Today article titled “Special Olympian Chris Nikic trains to be first person with Down syndrome to complete Ironman.”
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Athlete receiving a blood pressure test while two others stand/sit beside her.
The American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) recently invited Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Special Olympics Chief Health Officer, to keynote a webinar titled COVID-19 and People with ID: Special Olympics Responds.
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Becky Lunch and athletes doing jumping jacks.
In a recent interview with ESPN, WWE Superstar Becky Lynch explains why engaging with Special Olympics is important to her, and why she worked with athletes on the School of Strength fitness campaign
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Over the years, Special Olympics has provided over 2 million free health screenings (in the areas of vision, hearing, dental, etc.) in over 135 countries and trained nearly 280,000 health care professionals on the topic of people with ID.
“At Special Olympics, when we can’t be in our competitions and our events, we still are everyday connecting with our athletes to make sure they aren’t socially isolated,” said Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics during an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.
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Two girls sitting side by side taking a selfie.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day recognizes the need to make digital tools and information available to people of all abilities. Digital accessibility is more important than ever to keep people informed, connected and active during these uncertain times due to the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
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Group photo of the, "Down the Road. Aventura" reality show.
Ahead of the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020, a few lucky athletes from Romania embarked on the journey of a lifetime. They became the stars of Down the Road. Aventura, an adventure reality TV programme hosted by well-known Romanian TV personality Mircea Radu.
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Athletes performing squats in a gym setting.
Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics, was recently a guest on Health Professional Radio where she discussed the resources available on the Special Olympics website to help athletes and caregivers manage the uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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International Day of Families, 2020
The United Nations began celebrating the International Day of Families to recognize the role that families play in social development. This year, we hear from two young people in Zimbabwe who are spreading awareness about the importance of Special Olympics to the families of athletes.
Athletes signing a document.
The sporting achievements of 10 Special Olympics Serbia athletes in 2019 have been recognised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports with 10 stipends totalling over $110,000.
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