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!
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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young man in a yellow tank top and black shorts sitting in a wheel chair showing off the medal around his neck.
He kneels down, resting his hands on the ground in front of his body. He then slowly drags his feet towards his arms. He starts running, gnashing his teeth and using his arms to support himself.
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Haseeb Abbasi at Opening Ceremony
Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers have been busy at the 2019 World Games!
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Abu Dhabi Daily Show logo in World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 graphics.
Athlete Leaders and Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers, Daniel Smrokowski and Ian Harper, conduct Interviews of athletes, coaches, attendees, and other messengers at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Unity and her parents stand together for a photo.
When Unity Collins was 12 years old, the parents of the New Zealander introduced her to swimming, not having any idea of the magnitude of the moment.
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Three female athletes from the Special Olympics Saudi Arabia team, the young girl in the middle is giving the peace sign with both hands.
It was a moment to remember for Saudi Arabia as the women’s Bocce team took home its first-ever medal at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Khadija standing with her paddle in had ready to play.
Khadija isn’t just competing at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, she is breaking barriers.
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A smile from Team Senegal athlete Khadija Sy after the medal ceremony for the 100m run. She's standing on stage in front of the World Games logo with volunteers behind her.
Khadija Sy wrapped up her 2019 World Games competitions this week with a 100m run and the 4x100 relay.
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Chaica Al Qassimi giving a speech at the World Games in Abu Dhabi
By Special Olympic athlete, Chaica Al Qassimi, a Technical Officer, Judo, Special Olympics UAE team.
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Angel preparing to dead lift; she's standing on stage.
Angel walked up to the barbell at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and rose above the years of struggle that are now behind her.
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Sara Mashabek giving the peace sign in her equestrian outfit.
Sara Mashabek’s love of horses could be described as love at first sight.
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