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These global 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.

Thor and Joakim: One Coach, One Player, 25 Years

Swedish coach and player pair, Thor Guttormsen and Joakim Andersson, have undergone a long journey from new acquaintances to close friends, collecting accolades along the way and even attracting the attention of Zlatan Ibrahimovic!
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Special Olympics Triathletes Battle It Out at Challenge Family Triathlon

Triathlon Paves the Way for Inclusive Sport at the 3rd Annual Special Olympics European Open Triathlon
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SBJ Spotlights Santiago 2027 in its “Around the World” Sporting Events Watchlist

The following is an excerpt from Sport Business Journal’s “Around the World” article highlighting major events in the global sports field in the coming years, including the first-ever Latin American Special Olympics World Games in Santiago, Chile in 2027.
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Special Olympics World Games Santiago 2027 Announcement Makes Headlines Around the World

Special Olympics Board Chair Dr. Timothy Shriver poses with Special Olympics athletes during the press event to announce that Santiago, Chile will be the host site for the 2027 Special Olympics World Games.
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Special Olympics World Games 2023 - The Spirit Lives On

German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and Special Olympics Germany launch coach training courses in Africa.
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Special Olympics Wishes You a Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and mom-figures around the world of the athletes, coaches, volunteers, staff and supporters of the Special Olympics movement. Today, we recognize and thank you for all your hard work.Neena Garg is the mother of Muskan, an athlete from Special Olympics India. Neena faced isolation when family and community members turned their backs on her for loving and supporting Muskan. She fought to find a way for them to build community and confidence. Their efforts led Muskan all the way to Berlin where she competed as a powerlifter at the 2019 World Games.

“The news came as a complete surprise!”

As Gilmour Borg and his fellow nine new Sargent Shriver Global Messengers take part in a week of training in Washington D.C., we take the opportunity to get to know Gilmour a little better with a one-to-one interview.
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“I couldn’t believe that I had been selected!”

This week, Margaret Turley and the nine other new Sargent Shriver Global Messengers (SSGMs) from the 2024 to 2027 cohort are embarking on an intensive week of training in Washington DC. Just before Margaret flew out, we took the opportunity to get to know her a little better with a one-to-one interview.
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European Football Week 2024: Celebrating the Beautiful Game for ALL!

European Football Week #EFW2024 will see exciting football activities taking place across the continent from 25 May to 2 June 2024.
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Special Olympics Athletes and Refugees Team Up for Unified Football in Spain

Inclusivity took center stage in Seville, Spain on 25 April 2024, as Special Olympics Andalucía football players and refugees from the local Refugee Reception Center came together for an exhibition match.
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Special Olympics welcomes Paraguay into the Global Leadership Coalition for Inclusion

Paraguay made history by becoming the inaugural South American nation to join the Special Olympics Global Leadership Coalition for Inclusion.
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“Inclusion Starts with Sport”

Special Olympics’ Kiera Byland was a highlight speaker at the International Sports Press Association’s Global Congress gathering taking place in Barcelona, Spain this week.
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