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!
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, aged 24 years old, has just received the news that she will represent Special Olympics Germany at the upcoming Global Youth Leadership Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan!
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Suffering from headaches and often squinting to see better, it was clear Crawford needed to get his eyes checked.
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After the Unified team from Florida won, Bob Rall and Tonya Snodgrass took off their shoes and laid them on home plate. Learn why.
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Thanks to the program, supported by Essilor, 13-year-old Cristi Ardeleanu is experiencing huge improvements to his eyesight.
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