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!
Miriam on a white horse entering an arena area.
Mariam Adel Azzab, the 32-year-old was born in a challenging time for a child with Down Syndrome, it was a time of exclusion, judgment and negative perceptions.
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Sara Feldman sitting on a Bocce court holding a bocce ball looking up at the camera and smiling.
17-year-old Sara Feldman is one of fourteen female athletes from Saudi Arabia that will be competing in the upcoming Abu Dhabi Special Olympics World Games 2019.
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A Unified Robotics competitor puts the finishing touches on her robot.
The Special Olympics Unified Robotics competition, held in Seattle, Washington on November 18th, encourages students with special needs who are interested in engineering to display their talents while continually emphasizing inclusion and awareness in STEM.
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Two robots in front of a robot monster logo.
The Special Olympics Unified Robotics competition was held in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, November 18th.
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Football players are practicing dribbling the ball and working their way down the field toward the keeper to make a goal. On player has the ball, three are waiting, a ref is supervising; you can see the keeper and an assistance's legs in the foreground.
Ahead of the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, Team Egypt held training camp for the athletes who'll be competing in 14 different sports.
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Hamad on he field clapping watching something off in the distance and smiling. He has on a red jersey and a black long sleep undershirt.
#MeetHamad: Hamad’s story is about the power of determination and true sportsmanship.
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Three team players on the field, one coming into the group for an embrace and two give each others a high-five. Additional players are on the field in the background.
In Chicago, one of my responsibilities was to interview athletes, families, and volunteers. As a result, I had the great opportunity to write athlete stories of determination, loyalty, and bravery.
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Nyasha Derere from Zimbabwe speaks on stage as a panelist during the Global Athlete Congress in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He has on a blue collard shirt with a black jacket that is adorned with Special Olympics and iInclusion pins. A representative is sitting to his left.
Voted in as the NEW Chair of the Global Athletes Congress, Nyasha Derere will serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics.
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illustration of a hand coming out of the ground with words surrounding it. some of the words are, expression, freedom, dream, sports, religion, family, justice, and leadership
What does inclusion mean to you?
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Two instructors are outside of the pool jumping and a group of athletes are inside of the pool jumping, training with resistance.
Special Olympics Senegal’s athletes are training hard for summer sports in Dakar, with weekly Sunday morning sessions such as these.
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Unified athlete poses on his bicycle ahead of the starting line. Other cyclists are in the background.
Cyclists of all ages, abilities and fitness levels turned up at Yas Marina Circuit on October 28th for the latest edition of ‘Cycle Unified’ and rode alongside members of the UAE National Cycling Team.
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Athletes power lifting on the beach in Trinidad. One male athlete is lifting and a female is spotting him. other athletes are lined up waiting for a turn. Waves are crashing in the background and it's bright and sunny out.
Some of the Trinidad and Tobago athletes competing at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi were able to show off their skills in front of a home crowd.
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