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!
At the 2019 World Games, Tan Yee Shu was known as the talented and motivated captain of his Unified basketball team. He continued that leadership even after competitions and in-person training halted due to COVID-19.
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Special Olympics New York athlete Cori makes a case for inclusive healthcare.
For World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2021, we came up a few survey questions for fellow Special Olympics athletes with autism. We both work at Special Olympics. Josh is an Assistant in the Business Services department and Jerry works as a Specialist with the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® program. Through these answers, we hope readers will learn that people with autism have a wide variety of talents, outlooks and experiences.

Article and interviews by Jerry Holy and Josh Cohen
What are short, fun, and seem to be on an endless energetic loop? Gifs of course…and children!
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A first-person story about living with cerebral palsy. I was born on Nov. 18, 1993, but my story really didn’t start until I was six months old.
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One of April’s “Autism Awareness” themes is celebrating ways that people with autism lead full and healthy lives. For the Taylor twins, that’s something they celebrate every day.
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Every year, we have high hopes for the next year to be better than the next year, but 2020 was a whole different story.
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Stephanie Handojo discusses pushing past hurdles in life.
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Coach Jack Nagle, a two-sport coach, was named a SONA outstanding coach. After three decades of coaching, he is lucky enough to watch athletes for an entire lifetime.
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Special Olympic Asia Pacific Celebrates Women's History Month.
Romana is a young woman determined to live her best life, every single day. She’s been doing such a great job, she’s become a health and fitness role model for all.
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Banele is an athlete, basketball and athletics coach with a passion for helping others stay fit, even during a pandemic.
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