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!
Cindy Bentley smiling; she has on a colorful floral patterned shirt.
Cindy is a born leader, though that may not have been obvious at first. She was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
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Ben Haack speaks with a microphone.
My life has come full circle. So many of the challenges I used to have, I have overcome.
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Leader to Leader
Special Olympics athlete leader Bobby Jones, who works at Special Olympics headquarters, asks CEO Mary Davis a few questions about the importance of inclusion in the workplace.
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A split image of Terrel cheering on the left and Terrel answering the phone on the right.
Terrel Limerick is an outstanding Special Olympics athlete who is also an outstanding employee!
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Two women and a man stand together with a branded background smiling at the camera.
Lucy Meyer, athlete and spokesperson for the Special Olympics-UNICEF USA Partnership, spoke about the incredible impact of Unified Sports during a panel discussion at the recent LA84 Youth Sports Summit.
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Haseeb Abbasi
Give us the confidence to not just survive but thrive in life.
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RJ Nealon speaks at podium.
Ever since I was little, my dream was to work at ESPN. I always felt most comfortable in sports competition, it was my escape, my first love and a way to prove myself.
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Brina Kei Maxino - We Matter, Too
As a unified generation, let us stand together and declare that all people matter.
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A photo of the Dayas-Tokoto family.
Discover how Special Olympics Unified Sports created a positive change in their son’s life.
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Ben Collins and Anthony Dinkins stand at crosswalk.
This winter, Benjamin Collins noticed something troubling on his way to work. The Special Olympics athlete and Operations Specialist at the organization’s headquarters couldn’t hear the countdown beeps and verbal cues at the crosswalks on L Streets between 18th and 19th in Washington, D.C.
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Female players stand in circle with hands in air.
More than 200 delegates from 12 countries took part in the inaugural Special Olympics International Football Championship held in Chennai, from 3 August to 6 August 2019.
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A group in red football kits stand on a football pitch with their arms around each other facing the camera smiling.
Speaking at his team’s Gothia Special Olympics Trophy debut in Gothenburg, Special Olympics Sweden athlete, Joakim Lantz discusses what it takes to be a good leader.
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