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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!
Inclusion helps everyone—as Yang Le knows. He’s gone from employee with intellectual disabilities to employer, working with people with intellectual disabilities—and without!
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Playing a variety of positions, the 21-year-old says he enjoys wide receiver the most, but he also shines on the defensive side of the ball.
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Ionut, 25, and Edi, 30, have joined hundreds of volunteers who help Ukrainian refugees transiting through Romania to other countries in Europe.
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Along with training to compete in swimming at the 2022 USA Games, Eric and his family have made family fitness a priority with the help of Special Olympics Fitness programming.
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For most, Special Olympics flag football is an opportunity for athletes and Unified partners to come together and take their skills to the gridiron for friendly competition.
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With excitement in his voice, Collins Clingman talks about his lifelong passion for the Green Bay Packers and Iowa Hawkeye football. The Ottumwa, Iowa, native also says he’s a season ticket holder for the local community college’s basketball team. He loves to watch games with his brother-in-law, and for more than 25 years, he’s participated in athletics, softball and bowling for Special Olympics Iowa. There’s no denying it: Clingman is in his element whenever sports are involved.
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For the first time-ever, a Special Olympics European Triathlon Competition was held as part of the Challenge Family Triathlon Series in Samorin, Slovakia
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Siblings of Special Olympics athletes speak passionately about inclusion.
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Celebrating Mother’s day with Special Olympics Singapore athlete Johannes story.
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A Ryder Cup-style tournament with members of Special Olympics, the First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, Wounded Warrior Project veterans and Howard University men’s golfers playing in pairs of two.
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Special Olympics athletes were joined by Wounded Warrior Project veterans, members of the First Tee, Howard University men’s golfers and PGA TOUR professionals for a “best ball” tournament.
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Kyung Il Kang of Korea will showcase both his skills and story at this summer's Unified Cup in Detroit
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