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!
four images of athletes in action poses.
All across the nation, Special Olympics athletes are gearing up for their state’s annual Summer Games.
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7 cheerleaders performing on stage in red and blue outfits with USA across the front.
It was a successful and amazing week at the International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando. The first Special Olympics Division was launched with 5 US National teams competing in Unified and Traditional Cheer, Unified and Traditional Pom, and Unified Hip Hop. All 5 teams brought home a Gold medal.
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Large group of individuals sitting down for a group shot.
With more than 1.7 million athletes in 34 countries, Special Olympics programs in the Asia Pacific region are expanding rapidly.
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Female athlete on the track running. Another two female athletes are in the background along with spectators in the seats.
Ecuadorian athlete Jacqueline Gilces starred in one of the most emotional moments of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Girl dancing in pink and purple top and skirt on stage.
In honor of International Dance Day, we look back on the Dance Sport Challenge that took place during the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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Katie Hut and Natalie Green from SO Utah with their arms around one another at the airport, both have on red Special Olympics t-shirts.
Katie Hut and Natalie Green are best friends from Special Olympics Utah and have had some amazing experiences this past year.
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Nakorn running on the track during an athletes competition. He has on a brightly colored tank top, blue shorts, and black spandex.
‘Getting on with it’ is my motto to survive in life.
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Athlete running in blue Adidas shorts and tank top. His bib reads 430.
For the first time, five Special Olympics athletes from five states around the U.S. have qualified to run in the annual Boston Marathon.
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Sign announcing quiet hour at the supermarket.
On Friday, I was doing my rounds at the local shops when I noticed a sign. It said that there will be a quiet hour from 3-4 for people who have Autism.
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renee manfredi smiling
Renee Manfredi is a leader, athlete, singer and master of four languages who just happens to have autism.
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Spencer Roberson with a female both giving a thumbs up.
An internationally recognized day on 2 April every year to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learn more and read stories about Autism.
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Tajha stairing off out the window. Text on the image reads: This is Tajha's moment.
The United States has been a global leader in creating a more inclusive world through their support from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs and the U.S. Department of Education.
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