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!
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.
One of Special Olympics’ newest Champion Ambassadors is also one of the youngest. In many ways, Lily D Moore is a typical teen who enjoys cooking, cheerleading and experimenting with make-up and hairstyles. But as an actress with Down syndrome, she is breaking stereotypes playing Rebecca on the Netflix series Never Have I Ever.
Connecting Through Special Olympics: My Interview with the National Director of Special Olympics Russia
A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to interview a Special Olympics Japan employee about the pandemic, the differences between our cultures, and our experiences with Special Olympics. I loved the opportunity of doing this and wanted to do it again.4 Min Read
Classroom and Distance Learning Activities for Middle School and High School Students2 Min Read
In 2004, 14-year old Ashley Adie experienced true inclusion for the first time. During a Special Olympics British Columbia Regional swim meet, Adie would enjoy the competition, but she found something much more than the ribbons and personal bests that day.3 Min Read