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!
Ben holding a countdown sign to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle
Hello, my name is Ben Collins, and here is my story. I have been working at Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. for 26 years, and I work in the Branding, Communications, and Content Department.
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Q & A with Walmart about promoting inclusion in the workplace for employees with intellectual disabilities.
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Black and white photo of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Richard Daley, Melanie and Kevin O'Brien and representative. Richard Daley is presenting an Honorary Chairman Chicago Special Olympics document to Kevin.
Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, left, meets with Eunice Kennedy Shriver, center, William McFetridge of the Chicago Park District, right, and Special Olympics athletes, including Kevin O’Brien, before the first International Special Olympics Summer Games in 1968.
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A young athlete is playing table tennis during 2018 Special Olympics East Asia Unified Camp. He is wearing a red and white Special Olympics jersey and a blue watch. He has a ping pong paddle in his right hand and balancing a ball on top which he is intently staring and consecrating on.
2018 Special Olympics East Asia Unified Camp was held in Fujian Normal University from July 1st to July 6th.
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Young athlete from Special Olympics Mongolia is developing his athletic skill during Young Athlete Training workshop. He is sitting on the carpet with his legs bent in front of him holding a multi-colored polka-dot ball preparing to toss it through an orange hoop mounted on a yellow cone. There are more young athletes in the background.
From June 5 to 6, 2018, Special Olympics Mongolia organized its Young Athlete Training Workshop in Ulaanbaatar with over 60 coaches, teachers, and parents.
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Participants, athletes, parents and representatives of the 42nd Special Olympics Hong Kong Swimming Competition stand in a row shoulder to shoulder in front of Special Olympics signage.
The "42th SOHK Swimming Competition" was successfully held on July 3 & 15, 2018 at the Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool.
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Special Olympics Athletes, Hillary Kern in a pink Special Olympics hoodie smiling for a picture. Behind her are two Special Olympics Healthy Athletes posters hung on a tan wall.
The following submission comes from Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete Parker Thornton.
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DeOndra Dixon, long time Special Olympics athlete, inspires everyone she meets, especially her Oscar-winning brother, Jamie Foxx.
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Opening Ceremony, 2015 World Summer Games
In 2015, 6,500 athletes that represented 165 countries gathered in Los Angeles for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games.
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Pictured: Athlete Loretta Claiborne, athlete Danielle Liebl and Unified Partner Kenny Brown.
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Bettina Lehmann will represent Special Olympics Germany at the upcoming Global Youth Leadership Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan!
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