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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.
Tim Shriver sits next to female student at a high school assembly.
Timothy Shriver and Roger P. Weissberg defend Social and Emotional Learning in an article published by the education journal Phi Delta Kappan.
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School of Strength Athletes pose with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch
On 25 March, NBC’s TODAY Show hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin featured the brand new Special Olympics School of Strength fitness campaign in a new segment called #UpliftTODAY, designed to spread positivity.
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Athletes on the court playing basketball.
University of Maryland College Park, men’s head basketball coach, Mark Turgeon has a passion for helping Special Olympics athletes stay fit through the game of basketball.
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Group of athletes standing together holding the WWE championship belt
The mere mention of the word “bootcamp” can strike fear in the hearts of many. Yet for others, it conjures up the idea of strength, which is exactly what inclusive bootcamp instructor Beth Donahue wants her class to develop.
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Chris Nikic biking at a competition.
Chris Nikic, a Special Olympics Florida athlete who has Down syndrome, competes in golf, swimming, track, basketball and triathlons.
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Bart Conner,Chelsea Werner, and Nadia Comaneci on the movie set at the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy.
Inclusion is on full display in the new film Full Out 2 – You Got This! to be released digitally on Monday, 23 March 2020 for purchase and rental. The movie, based on a true story, chronicles the University of Oklahoma Women’s Gymnastics team as they try to recapture a national championship without their star athlete.
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Five people stand at a podium at the U.S. Senate. They are framed by the U.S. flag on the left side and by the Senate flag on the right side.
On Thursday, 5 March 2020, Members of Congress, the UAE Embassy, and Special Olympics USA athletes from Southern California, Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Ohio, and Connecticut gathered for a screening of The Road to Abu Dhabi, a documentary about the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Large group of people in a room sitting for a group photo.
In March 2020, total of 20 Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities, along with their mentors, met in Guatemala City to participate in the first Regional Youth Leadership Summit, where they’ll share ideas on how to create a more inclusive world. This diverse gathering of youth leaders represented a total of 10 Programs from Special Olympics Latin America.
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Lawrence Mwangi playing keeper and guarding the goalie's net.
Lawrence Mwangi is a standout player for Special Olympics Kenya’s Floor Hockey team. His speed and skill helped the team win game after game, eventually climbing to the top of their division.
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A mother with her arm around her young son, leaning against him and smiling.
This has been a breakthrough year for my son Ali. Until four years old, no school accepted him into any programs. They would say that he was not social, that he would not get along with other children, and that he did not perform well in their school setting. Ali never wanted to go to school, he hated it.
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