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Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities from all around the world—5.6 million and counting! They are finding success, joy and friendship as part of our global community. They're also having lots of fun!
Throughout the Special Olympics North America Region, companies demonstrate what an inclusive environment should look like and how that translates throughout the communities. While some help in the athletic realm, others are helping in employment, an important aspect of living an independent life. In Canada, companies like Sobeys and Tim Hortons go above and beyond in leading the charge with meaningful employment opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities.
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Special Olympics Board Vice Chair Loretta Claiborne featured in the new tabletop book "Entertainment Nation."
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Jana Kennedy’s passion for working in the prep kitchen stems from her relationship with her grandma.
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On the campus of North Carolina State University, Erin Johnston and Ke’Shaun Tillman formed an unlikely friendship.
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Want to be a better advocate and ally? Here are her insights:
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By organizing events, sharing ideas, and advocating for the rights of their peers, the Youth Leaders Council of Special Olympics Egypt is a driving force for inclusion in education and everyday life in the country.
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Frank Siembab has a bubbly and outgoing personality. Whether it’s leading a crowd in a rousing rendition of ‘God Bless America’ at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony or connecting with his co-workers, the Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete is known for lighting up the room.
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10 October marks 250 days until the kickoff of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023! Hear from some of the athletes competing about what they are most looking forward to when they arrive in Germany.
Earlier this morning in Hawaii, Chris completed his second IRONMAN competition and beat his previous record with a time of 16 hours and 31 minutes.
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Dominique DeHerrera may be undersized, but her size doesn’t hold her back on the soccer pitch. Having played the sport since the age of four, the now 20-year-old DeHerrera gets to show her athletic ability and intense competitive spirit at the forward position. Her fierce and mighty style of play has created opportunities that only a select few get to experience.
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He’s a Special Olympics swimmer, plus softball & basketball player—and TikTok influencer!
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Special Olympics Switzerland athlete succeeds in grueling triathlon
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