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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.
Loretta Claiborne with text that reads: Loretta Claiborne The Stigma Fighter
In a recent article by Glamour, Loretta Claiborne discusses using her life to teach others how to be more inclusive and empathic.
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Christophe Schuler on golf course at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
How are we creating tipping points toward inclusion across communities? What can others learn from the Special Olympics movement and our athletes? What does our return-to-play plan look like in various parts of the world?
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Lead to Include—Regional Youth Leadership Summits
Over the past year, more than 250 Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities gathered at 6 Regional Youth Summits to build a more inclusive world - starting in their own communities.
Johanna Schoeneck standing outside by a tree.
Special Olympics athlete, Johanna Schoeneck, makes it her mission to keep those with intellectual and developmental disabilities safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Tim and Kathleen Shriver on stage at the 25th ESPYS
Special Olympics Board Chairman, Timothy Shriver and his daughter Kathleen get candid about social distancing, social media and the legacy left by the women in the family.
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Students carry the Unified Champion School Banner at Papillion A Vista South High School
How Students With and Without Intellectual Disabilities Can Thrive in a Socially Inclusive Learning Environment
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International Day of Yoga
Celebrate the International Day of Yoga with Special Olympics on 21 June! Yoga is important to Special Olympics athletes around the world. It is a great way to relax before an important competition or focus before a practice.
World Refugee Day
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, join us as we celebrate World Refugee Day, which commemorates the bravery and strength of the many refugees forced to leave their homes because of persecution.
Celebrating Fathers
Special Olympics is grateful for the participation and support of fathers all over the globe. Fathers who are athletes, fans, coaches, volunteers, staff and cheerleaders help make this movement so special.
Loretta Claiborne resting her chin on her hands.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is celebrated every 19 June. This holiday commemorates the announcement in Galveston, Texas, on 19 June 1865 that all enslaved people were free and celebrates the end of slavery.