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!
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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Ephraim experiencing sitting in a wheel chair surrounded by para-olympians. An athlete on either side of him is holding a basketball.
Ephraim Mohlakane is demonstrating the true power of inclusion by stepping up as a leader outside of the Special Olympics community.
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athletes standing on the street in a group in Senegal.
Watch as this year’s Special Olympics Senegal athletes prepare for the World Games 2019 Abu Dhabi at training camp, held from 31 August – 2 September 2018 in Mbour.
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Dan holding a sign that says Class of 2018-2022. He's standing next to a woman and a man. The man is holding a sign that says Congratulations Daniel! They are all standing in front of a Special Olympics 50th Anniversary background.
Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics, selecting me for the prestigious class of 2018-2022 Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger.
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Boy smiling sitting on bleachers holding a basketball wearing a red Special Olympics tank top with a team sign, "Hurricanes" in the background.
Taublieb Films came to Portland, Maine from Malibu, California a couple weeks ago to film us.
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Ken Melvin speaking in an interview.
Ken Melvin, a Special Olympics athlete from Russellville, Indiana, will participate in this year’s Global Athlete Congress as a member of the North America Athlete Input Council.
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Daina Shilts holding up her silver medal at the 2013 Special Olympics.
Daina Shilts can and has become a symbol of leadership in the Inclusion Revolution.
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Kiera Byland smiling. Sitting on public transportation, long blond hair and blue eyes.
Guest Submission From Kiera Byland, Special Olympics Great Britain Athlete Leader
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A group of athletes playing bocce on the beach in Trinidad. An audience is forming and officials are conversing. A game of volleyball is being playing in the background.
Fun in the sun was had by all during the 2018 Trinidad & Tobago Beach Games held in Las Cuevas, Trinidad.
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Two unified art students are work with their instructor to capture the correct pattern for the Special Olympics logo.
Aspiring young artists convened at Abu Dhabi’s arts and cultural center in Manarat Al Saadiya to learn and practice techniques used to create the geometric patterns of Islamic art.
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David Egan testifying, speaking into a microphone. Two officials are to his left, a male and female both dressed in business suits.
During Down Syndrome Awareness Month—and every month—Special Olympics athletes like David Egan are banishing myths and leading the way to inclusion.
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Katy Sanchez (R) is holding a small dog and standing next to a colleague that is presenting Katy with an Award of Recognition.
The reason my manager Annie hired me was that she could tell after talking to me that I really love animals and wanted to do something that would help them.
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