Our Athletes
athlete lead
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!
Katie Hut and Natalie Green from SO Utah with their arms around one another at the airport, both have on red Special Olympics t-shirts.
Katie Hut and Natalie Green are best friends from Special Olympics Utah and have had some amazing experiences this past year. First, they participated in the Youth Leadership Experience at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle and also served as social media correspondents for Special Olympics North America at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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Nakorn running on the track during an athletes competition. He has on a brightly colored tank top, blue shorts, and black spandex.
‘Getting on with it’ is my motto to survive in life.
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Athlete running in blue Adidas shorts and tank top. His bib reads 430.
For the first time, five Special Olympics athletes from five states around the U.S. have qualified to run in the annual Boston Marathon.
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Sign announcing quiet hour at the supermarket.
On Friday, I was doing my rounds at the local shops when I noticed a sign. It said that there will be a quiet hour from 3-4 for people who have Autism.
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renee manfredi smiling
Renee Manfredi is a leader, athlete, singer and master of four languages who just happens to have autism.
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Spencer Roberson with a female both giving a thumbs up.
An internationally recognized day on 2 April every year to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learn more and read stories about Autism.
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Tajha stairing off out the window. Text on the image reads: This is Tajha's moment.
The United States has been a global leader in creating a more inclusive world through their support from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs and the U.S. Department of Education.
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Haseeb Abbasi at Opening Ceremony
Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers have been busy at the 2019 World Games!
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Abu Dhabi Daily Show logo in World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 graphics.
Athlete Leaders and Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers, Daniel Smrokowski and Ian Harper, conduct Interviews of athletes, coaches, attendees, and other messengers at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Unity and her parents stand together for a photo.
When Unity Collins was 12 years old, the parents of the New Zealander introduced her to swimming, not having any idea of the magnitude of the moment.
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Three female athletes from the Special Olympics Saudi Arabia team, the young girl in the middle is giving the peace sign with both hands.
It was a moment to remember for Saudi Arabia as the women’s Bocce team took home its first-ever medal at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Khadija standing with her paddle in had ready to play.
Khadija isn’t just competing at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, she is breaking barriers.
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