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!
Banele is an athlete, basketball and athletics coach with a passion for helping others stay fit, even during a pandemic.1 Min Read
Special Olympics athlete and author Haseeb Abbasi shares his inspirational journey to entrepreneurship at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi.2 Min Read
Amber Gertsch is a very active athlete from Special Olympics Utah. She continues to compete in virtual walking events.3 Min Read
Mackenzie Beauvais-Nikl becomes first Special Olympics athlete to co-chair a Program board.2 Min Read
Special Olympics Georgia athlete Lani DeMello continues to achieve incredible things in athletics and coaching gymnastics.3 Min Read
Black History Month, started by historian Carter G. Woodson, has been celebrated in the United States in February since 1976 as a way to honor the long ignored achievements and contributions made by African Americans.1 Min Read
I’m well aware of the challenges of an autistic person in the United States but I wanted to take this opportunity to learn the challenges people with autism face living in Asia.3 Min Read
It has been a year of profound challenges driven by restrictions, loss and uncertainty. The athletes of Special Olympics—many of whom were already severely marginalised by society—saw their daily lives made even more difficult with drastically reduced access to activities and education due to the Covid-19 pandemic.1 Min Read
During the Special Olympics Maryland “Sports Talks” series, athletes had the opportunity to ask pro-tennis player Tamira Paszek some questions about her approach to playing and competing in Tennis. Tamira, who is from Austria, holds several tennis titles including three Women's Tennis Association championships.