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!
Hanna Joy Atkinson standing in front of a evergreen tree smiling and has on a red Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger polo.
Blurb: Studies show that roughly 80% of people are nervous about speaking in front of an audience.
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Nyasha in a red polo speaking to the camera during the filming of an instructional video.
Special Olympics athletes have skills and abilities beyond sports. In a new Expert Tip video series, athletes share their know-how on a range of helpful and popular topics.
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David Egan stands next to a SourceAmerica sign at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle.
Exemplifying the spirit of the Delivering Jobs campaign, the launch on 22 October 2019 was a truly collaborative effort between Autism Speaks, Best Buddies, and Special Olympics in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).
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Alia and Tim Shriver pose for a photo together.
“I Can Cookies” – baked with love!
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Athletes and coaches pose in front of the open water swim course.
Over 175 athletes, coaches, and volunteers descended on Last Cuevas Beach in Trinidad for the 4th annual Special Olympics Beach Games.
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Daniel swimming on the left and Daniel posing in front of a microphone on the right smiling.
Daniel says, “Creating inclusive workplaces is one of the best parts that I enjoy about working at Goodwill.”
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Tajha dribbling the basketball on a court. Other athletes are behind and in front of her.
Tajha’s tough times have motivated her; now, she’s motivating others.
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Two women sit among a group of children all wearing matching blue t-shirts.
Katelyn Garbin from Oslo, Norway has grown from a talented young Special Olympics gymnast into Head Coach of the Norwegian Rhythmic Gymnastics team.
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Proper Hand Washing Techniques
Special Olympics athletes have skills and abilities beyond sports. In a new Expert Tip video series, athletes share their know-how on a range of helpful and popular topics.
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Split image of Danielle with credentials around her neck and a head shot of her smiling.
Danielle pushed beyond any low expectations—far beyond.
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Professional head shot of Cole smiling wearing a burgundy polo.
Cole Sibus is putting his teamwork and endurance skills to good use as one of the stars on the new, ABC hit television show, Stumptown.
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Shrey Kadian puts his fist in the air while in the middle of a crowd.
I did not speak until I was 7. According to my parents, I spoke only a few words when I was a toddler; but after that, I just stopped talking.
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