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!
Crystal and Matthew hugging one another for a wedding photo.
Valentine’s Day is a day meant to share with your significant other how much they mean to you, the difference it makes having them in your life, and most importantly how much you love each other.
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Ruaumoko Pukepuke bouncing a basketball on a court.
The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will be Ruaumoko’s first-ever World Games, and the 22-year-old hopes to do his family—and everyone in his rural hometown on New Zealand's North Island—proud.
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Grace Seiboldt standing outside on a sunny day and smiling with her medals around her neck.
Grace is having an amazing 2018. The swimmer won three medals at the 2018 Special Olympics USA in Seattle, including gold for an incredible performance in the 200m individual medley. Now the 21-year-old from Illinois is hoping to add to her medal haul at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Athlete, Terrence Davis, and another person sitting on concrete steps next to a brick wall.
Long-time athlete Terrence Davis is heading to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 World Games as a coach for the SO St Vincent and Grenadines Bocce team.
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Athlete holding a gold medal between his teeth; smiling; proud.
At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Over 190 nations will showcase the transformative power of sport at the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.
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Ximena de Varela offers her gold medal to Pope Francis during his visit to Panama for World Youth Day.
More than a half-million young people from around the world greeted Pope Francis during his recent World Youth Day visit to Panama. He gave many blessings and said many prayers, but he probably didn’t expect to get a medal for his efforts.
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Meece and Klug receive their gold medals.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® pair Henry Meece, Special Olympics Oregon, and Chris Klug, Olympic bronze medalist beat out nine other pairs to take home gold for a 4th time at Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding at X Games Aspen 2019.
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Rabah Kino on the field in a stadium with his arms raised in celebration
Rabah Kino from Special Olympics Lebanon is a multisport athlete who knows a few things about finding joy and success through sports. He’s an athlete who excels at both summer sports, including roller skating, and winter sports (alpine skiing is his specialty).
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Ahmad sitting on a couch in a blue polo shirt smiling for the photo.
Watch the inspirational story of Ahmed and his sisters, who are giving back to society by joining thousands of volunteers in supporting the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Kevin stands staring after the softball he just threw with his right hand. His hand is still extended. He has a softball mitt on his left hand.
My name is Kevin Brown, and I am a Special Olympics athlete from New York. I work for the FBI, and I was recently chosen to serve on the LETR International Executive Council.
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4 Special Olympics athletes in different blocks of the screen.
Mary J. Blige, Angie Martinez “Christmas in the City” written and recorded for A Very Special Christmas 3 Album.
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Athlete Mitchell Betsworth deadlifts on stage at the 2018 USA Games.
Special Olympics Iowa athlete and USA Games powerlifting competitor Mitchell Betsworth will have his photo from the USA Games as part of Sports Illustrated’s Year in Pictures in their 12/17/18 issue.
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