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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.

Inclusion and 10 Years of ESPN Partnership Celebrated at Perth Amboy High School

The gymnasium at Perth Amboy High School is at capacity with the student body, gearing up for the traditional students vs. teachers basketball game. Bleachers on both sides of the court are filled with red and white, it resembles a game of high magnitude. “Oh boy, the game that’s the best part,” says principal Keith Guarino ahead of the match-up. “It’s about getting to that point. I expect cheers, I expect chills, I expect students to stand up and stomp in the stands. Everyone is going to be wondering who’s going to score the next point.”
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Special Olympics Takes Centre Stage at SportAccord

Special Olympics was out in force this week at one of the global sports industry’s biggest gatherings of the year – SportAccord.
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Special Olympics Athletes Break Barriers in the Western Balkans

Special Olympics athletes from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and hosts North Macedonia showcased heart, determination and remarkable skill at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-supported Western Balkans Swimming Competition held in Skopje from 5-7 April.
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Special Olympics Alaska’s Emily Tymick Named SONA Sports Person of the Year, Credits Longtime Love for Competition

Emily Tymick first got involved with Special Olympics as a volunteer and was hooked quickly, turning it into a career. More than a decade later, she was recognized by her peers as the SONA Sports Person of the Year.
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Konrad Debniak’s Story Of Resilience

The Special Olympics Poland athlete finds confidence, equality, and purpose through sports.
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NBA Player, Tony Snell, Joins Inclusion Revolution Radio to Talk About His Basketball Journey and Recent Autism Diagnosis

In honor of Autism Awareness month, on this week’s episode of Inclusion Revolution Radio, podcast host Novie Craven spoke with NBA Player, Tony Snell, about his basketball journey, his foundation, and his recent autism diagnosis.
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From Spins To Dribbles, Gorjan Stojkovski Never Stops Learning New Basketball Tricks

The North Macedonian player was the life and soul of his team at the 2023 Regional West Balkans Basketball 3x3 Tournament in Tirana, Albania - and he still has energy for much more.
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Sport as a Catalyst for Inclusive Education: The Role of Special Olympics

As the world celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April, it's a moment to truly grasp the profound impact that sports have in uplifting those often sidelined within their communities and nations.
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Special Olympics Coaches Pave the Way for Women in Football With the Help of Nike

Over the past nine months, Nike sponsored a Coach+ initiative called the Nike Unified Football Leagues Development project, providing coaches with additional training and growth opportunities.
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Mourning Longtime Supporter Larry Lucchino

Special Olympics is mourning the passing of Larry Lucchino, a longtime supporter and former member of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. He was an attorney and high-level sports executive, who served as president of the Baltimore Orioles, the San Diego Padres, and the Boston Red Sox.
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Athlete Leader James Steps Up to Run First London Marathon

Special Olympics Derbyshire athlete, coach and Athlete Leadership Team member James Wyatt is stepping out in search of another huge challenge by tackling the TCS London Marathon.
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“I consider myself an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities”: An interview with Pablo Composto, Sargent Shriver Global Messenger

For World Autism Awareness Day, we highlight the stories and efforts of our athletes for the promotion and advocacy of the full recognition of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), including autism spectrum disorder.
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