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!
Wilson: Creating Change
By experiencing inclusion in his workplace, Wilson has seen how important it is that we learn from each other.
Celebrating Black History Month
Special Olympics Board Vice Chair, Loretta Clairborne, celebrates the black athletes who have contributed to the Special Olympics movement.
Jasmine stands on the stage with a microphone in her hand.
Inclusion brings out the best in everyone by allowing us to accept people for who they are.
Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games in Duved on February 02, 2020
With the slalom slopes having become her second home, Swedish alpine skier Aurelia Hagberg showcased not only her talents, but also a custom-made set of ski clothing at the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020.
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Cole sitting on a set of stairs looking into the distance and smiling.
Cole is an athlete and co-stars in the hit television series “Stumptown” on ABC.
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Brightfield smiling in a long sleeve red button up and holding a red football.
For years, Brightfield was left out of his community because he seemed different. Through inclusion, he became a role model anyone would get behind!
Woman throws shotput
The Special Olympics 1st Pan African Games, held 23rd – 31st January in Egypt, Cairo, brought together athletes from the Special Olympics African and Middle East North Africa regions.
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Latrice in and orange ski jacket on one kneed posing for the camera on the slopes.
Latrice recently became the first African American to race at the Unified Snowboarding X Games competition.
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Nada in a red Torch Run jersey and holding a red basketball.
Through inclusion, Nada has been able to channel her passion for sports and turn it into her career. As a member of the workforce, she now has influence in her community.
Four athletes stand side by side in a group in front of a tennis net
33 of Top Special Olympics North America Tennis Athletes Featured
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Julio shows that all over the world, people with intellectual disabilities are chipping away at societal barriers and showing what they bring to the table.
Ken Meilvin smiling and holding a torch.
For us, 2019 has been about bringing people with and without intellectual disabilities together. As we look to 2020, help us continue our work towards building an inclusive world.