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!
Nada holding a basketball
Through inclusion, Nada has been able to channel her passion for sports and turn it into her career. As a member of the workforce, she now has influence in her community.
Four athletes stand side by side in a group in front of a tennis net
33 of Top Special Olympics North America Tennis Athletes Featured
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It’s Been a Year of Inclusion for Julio
Julio shows that all over the world, people with intellectual disabilities are chipping away at societal barriers and showing what they bring to the table.
Ken Meilvin smiling and holding a torch.
For us, 2019 has been about bringing people with and without intellectual disabilities together. As we look to 2020, help us continue our work towards building an inclusive world.
Accepting Me: Meet Yannick
Through accepting himself, Yannick found his voice. He wants people, especially parents, to know that inclusion starts with you!
Two athletes giving a high-5 while the rest of the team surrounds them and cheers in victory
Special Olympics athlete-coaches from SO Belgium (Tamara) and SO Germany (Andre) made their mark at the Unified Basketball Tournament held in Munich, Germany from 28 – 30 November.
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Never Give Up: Meet Al-Sayed
Al-Sayed joined Special Olympics as a volunteer. Then he became an athlete. Now he is a leader.
Ken Melvin standing at a podium and speaking.
Have you been tasked to lead a meeting but don’t know where to begin? Whether you have 3 or 100 participants, Ken Melvin has tips to help you get started the right way.
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Jimmy with a whistle in his mouth, wearing a ref's shirt and dancing.
Growing up, the schools and even some family members treated Jimmy as if he were cursed. As a referee, he is an authority figure and asset.
RJ smiling for a photo; he has on glasses and a blue polo.
I want to tell you a story about a kid who fell in love with sports at a young age. About a kid who had dreams of making a difference. A kid who was willing to do whatever it took to achieve that dream, but who was also just trying to keep up with everyone else.
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Sport as Inspiration: Meet Joyce
Joyce’s passion is sports. She uses that same passion to inspire others, especially the youth.
True Loves - Family and Football: Meet Boniface
Boniface was once a shy person. Now he is a husband, father and athlete looking to inspire others through is passion of playing football (soccer).