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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.
Unified pair celebrating with their medals in front of the press.
For the first year ever, a Unified Ski competition will be part of the line-up of the Special Olympics Unified races at the 2020 X Games.
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Doctor Richard Perlman sitting for an interview. He has on an blue polo shirt.
Vote Now for the Dr. Steven Perlman Game Changer video for best public policy video
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Ken Meilvin smiling and holding a torch.
For us, 2019 has been about bringing people with and without intellectual disabilities together. As we look to 2020, help us continue our work towards building an inclusive world.
Pan Africa Games Egypt 2020 logo surrounded by the descriptions about the image.
The first ever Special Olympics Pan African Games will take place in Cairo, 23-31 January, 2020 under the auspices of HE Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the Egyptian President.
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Accepting Me: Meet Yannick
Through accepting himself, Yannick found his voice. He wants people, especially parents, to know that inclusion starts with you!
Two athletes giving a high-5 while the rest of the team surrounds them and cheers in victory
Special Olympics athlete-coaches from SO Belgium (Tamara) and SO Germany (Andre) made their mark at the Unified Basketball Tournament held in Munich, Germany from 28 – 30 November.
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Never Give Up: Meet Al-Sayed
Al-Sayed joined Special Olympics as a volunteer. Then he became an athlete. Now he is a leader.
Mario Horn, Shadi Brightfield, and Tim Shriver at a Snowboarding Event
In a Washington Post Op-Ed, Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman of the Board, explains why athletes are role models when it comes to inclusion and acceptance.
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This was a big year for Special Olympics. From high-level competitions and high-profile partnerships to the expansion of Unified Sports and Athlete Leadership, the power of inclusion was on full display. The momentum of the movement reached far beyond the Special Olympics organization into all aspects of development, industries and pop culture. Here are just a few highlights from 2019.
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Ken Melvin standing at a podium and speaking.
Have you been tasked to lead a meeting but don’t know where to begin? Whether you have 3 or 100 participants, Ken Melvin has tips to help you get started the right way.
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