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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.
Aaisha Sanaullah, Special Olympics Legal Intern, standing in front of the white house.
Aaisha Sanaullah explains why she pursued a legal internship at Special Olympics in University of Richmond post.
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Image of athletes and coaches with the Gallagher and Special Olympics logos at the top.
As the Official Sponsor of Special Olympic International Sport and Coach Programming, A.J. Gallagher & Co. is committed to empowering athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to face their future with confidence through quality coaching and training experiences.
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Adults on the beach playing volleyball.
Special Olympics Russia athlete Katya Sazonova demonstrates the power of sport even during social distancing in a new World Health Organization Europe post.
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Special Olympics Chief of Sport Lou Lauria shares his binge-watching favorites.
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Screen shot of participants on virtual video conference
On 22 and 25 June 2020, over 70, adult mentors, National Directors and international Special Olympics staff gathered for the first-ever Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Online Youth Summit.
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Girls from Special Olympics Kenya play with soccer ball.
Buxton Gitimu is the subject of a piece by UNICEF Kenya that highlights the success of UNICEF’s partnership with Special Olympics Kenya in promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles for athletes.
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Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Board Vice Chair and Chief Inspiration Officer smiling with hands in the air.
On the podcast Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy, Special Olympics Chief Inspiration Officer Loretta Claiborne discussed her experiences being bullied, recalled finding her voice through Special Olympics and shared her hopes for the future.
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Inclusive group of young adults sitting at a round table watching one young man writing.
Ben Haack, Special Olympics Athlete Leader from Australia, and Olivia Najdovski, 2020 Social Connectedness Fellow at Special Olympics, discuss the need to include people with intellectual disabilities in research design for studies pertaining to them in a post for The Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness.
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Three people pose in front of a large white sign that has the Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 logo on it. They are smiling.
Carolyn Phillips is Manager of Stakeholder Engagement at Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. Since February 2015 when she first volunteered for Special Olympics at the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games, she has been committed to serving the athletes in the movement.
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Jaime Cruz and RAVVA in a scene from RAVVA’s music video.
Champions of Inclusion contribute to a more dignified, just and inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), celebrating the strength of a world where we all enjoy the same rights.
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