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!
Special Olympics New York Rodney Hankins shifted his focus to coaching after many years of competing.
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Special Olympics Ohio athlete and coach Bobby Reidl will announce an NFL Draft pick for the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday during the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
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Many people with intellectual disabilities live sedentary lives and have unhealthy eating habits. Data collected by Special Olympics shows that 80% of athletes with intellectual disabilities are overweight or obese.
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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.
Para el Día Mundial de Concienciación sobre el Autismo, el 2 de abril del 2021, pensamos en algunas preguntas para nuestros compañeros atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales con autismo. Ambos trabajamos en Olimpiadas Especiales. Josh es asistente en el departamento de Servicios de Negocios y Jerry trabaja como especialista en el programa Escuelas Campeonas Unificadas. A través de estas respuestas, esperamos que nuestros lectores aprendan que las personas con autismo tienen una gran variedad de talentos, puntos de vista y experiencias.
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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