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!
Loretta finger weaving a friendship bracelet.
Loretta Claiborne is the Vice Chair of the Special Olympics Board of Directors and athlete from Pennsylvania. In this expert tip video, she demonstrates how to make a friendship bracelet.
Stephanie flexing her biceps.
Stephanie Ching has been a tenacious Special Olympics athlete for more than 25 years and has the medals to prove it!
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Robert Jones sitting at his desk giving a presentation.
Looking for a way to bring your black and white illustrations to life? In this video, Bobby Jones, Special Olympics Virginia, demonstrates how to color in pictures using Adobe Illustrator.
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Hanna Joy Atkinson dancing in her living room.
Hanna Joy Atkinson, a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger from Colorado, shares these tips to have fun and keep busy while indoors.
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Athlete receiving hugs and kisses from two adult mother figures.
As you care for your loved ones, remember to care for yourself, especially during stressful times.
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World Health Day
Special Olympics athletes from around the world thank our healthcare workers for their tireless efforts to keep us all safe!
Vince shows his muscles.
Vince Egan, a 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games gold medal winner in alpine skiing from Colorado, competes in five Special Olympics sports and coaches youth basketball.
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Hillary smiling at an indoor swimming pool.
For Autism Awareness Month, we get fitness advice and tips from a wise Health Messenger.
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Bobby Jones hand drawn basketball illustration.
Special Olympics Maryland athlete, Robert Jones has a passion for art and design and uses his artistic ability to represent Special Olympics in various ways.
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Group of athletes standing together holding the WWE championship belt
The mere mention of the word “bootcamp” can strike fear in the hearts of many. Yet for others, it conjures up the idea of strength, which is exactly what inclusive bootcamp instructor Beth Donahue wants her class to develop.
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Chris Nikic biking at a competition.
Chris Nikic, a Special Olympics Florida athlete who has Down syndrome, competes in golf, swimming, track, basketball and triathlons.
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Five people stand at a podium at the U.S. Senate. They are framed by the U.S. flag on the left side and by the Senate flag on the right side.
On Thursday, 5 March 2020, Members of Congress, the UAE Embassy, and Special Olympics USA athletes from Southern California, Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Ohio, and Connecticut gathered for a screening of The Road to Abu Dhabi, a documentary about the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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