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!
Champions of Inclusion Trophy nomination form.
Join us in celebrating the Special Olympics Champions of Inclusion, those people who work tirelessly to transform our world into one that honors and welcomes every individual for who they are and the gifts that they bring.
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Aerie "Better Together" green t-shirt on a bed of dandelions.
This July, Special Olympics and Aerie are celebrating the Global Week of Inclusion by teaming up for the “Better together” campaign!
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Mentor Chris Winston (left) poses with SSIGM and Special Olympics Illinois athlete Daniel Smrokowski.
The 10 Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers (SSIGM) gathered in a Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal Hotel during the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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Lily B Moore is an actress, model and former Special Olympics Georgia athlete.
Lily D Moore, actress and Special Olympics Champion Ambassador, isn’t afraid to live her dreams. While still in high school, she has already become a professional actress and model. Recently, she’s appeared in the Netflix show, Never Have I Ever which centers on an Indian-American student dealing with the loss of her father.
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Ephraim Mohlakane pictured with former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.
On behalf of Dr Mathews Phosa, it is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mr Ephraim Mohlakane, Special Olympics South Africa board member, athlete leader, 2-time World Games medallist, husband, father and friend.
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Loretta on stage at a 50th celebration.
Loretta Claiborne always fought for equal rights growing up. It started as a young child and transitioned into her role as Chief Inspiration Officer for Special Olympics and as a member of the board of directors. During a time of sizable racial divide in the 1960s, she had to fight for inclusion because of her skin color, but also because she had different abilities. A fight she keeps alive to this day.
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Selfie of Joshua Cohen
I interviewed a girl from Japan named Sayako. She was very nice and easy to talk to. I interviewed her on Special Olympics, the coronavirus and how it’s impacting us, and our personal interest, including Japan.
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Steven at work wearing his red Target zip up.
When COVID-19 hit, Steven stepped up to the ‘front lines,’ making sure his community had everything they needed.
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Garrie Barns at Special Olympics standing behind the receptionists desk.
Why is it so hard to have to stay home when you are used to getting out and about, riding the metro, and feeling a sense of freedom? Because of COVID-19, we are staying home so that we can protect those who are vulnerable to the disease. We are all so used to being active, outgoing, human beings, by being at home, we are losing that.
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Special Olympics Texas athletes celebrating at 2018 USA Games
Help Our Athletes Break Barriers To Create a More Inclusive World
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Jasmine stands on the stage with a microphone in her hand.
One of my teachers said that through art I could communicate with my fellow students. When we would have art classes I felt relaxed and included.
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Image in blue and purple that reads: Staying fit at home BINGO | Special Olympics Health - Made possible by Golisano Foundation & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Staying Fit at Home can be FUN with BINGO! The board is filled with links to workouts and other exciting activities. Each week, we challenge you to fill out the ENTIRE board and have fun while doing it.
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