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!
Aloysia, a young woman wearing glasses , a purple blazer, gray shirt, and big smile standing in front of a garden wall.
We have so much to learn from one another.
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Sherrie and another runner hold the burning torch alongside side one another during the Final Leg.
Over 100 law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes, the Guardians of the Flame, carried the Flame of Hope, throughout all seven of the United Arab Emirates before safely delivering it to the Opening Ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
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Two female footballers on the pitch trying to take control of the ball.
The month of June is an amazing time for Special Olympics footballers and football fans all across the globe.
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Athlete (in a USA jersey) on the court smiling as another player approaches him.
Looking back at Special Olympic's basketball star Matthew Millett's amazing full-court shot during the World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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Young boy jumping on rail road tracks in front of a wall that is tagged with graffiti.
With over 6-million Special Olympics athletes around the globe, it is easy to find examples of true excellence, dedication, perseverance and motivation.
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Three men in winter coats with gold chains around their necks and sunglasses on standing in front of a group of doors.
On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Special Olympics Illinois hosted the 12th Annual Inspire Greatness Gala at the Fairmont Chicago.
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four images of athletes in action poses.
All across the nation, Special Olympics athletes are gearing up for their state’s annual Summer Games.
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7 cheerleaders performing on stage in red and blue outfits with USA across the front.
It was a successful and amazing week at the International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando. The first Special Olympics Division was launched with 5 US National teams competing in Unified and Traditional Cheer, Unified and Traditional Pom, and Unified Hip Hop. All 5 teams brought home a Gold medal.
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Large group of individuals sitting down for a group shot.
With more than 1.7 million athletes in 34 countries, Special Olympics programs in the Asia Pacific region are expanding rapidly.
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Female athlete on the track running. Another two female athletes are in the background along with spectators in the seats.
Ecuadorian athlete Jacqueline Gilces starred in one of the most emotional moments of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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