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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 Puerto Rico athlete David “El Delfin Boricua” Torres Rivera became the first person with Down syndrome to participate in the IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico.
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For Special Olympics athlete, Chris Teich, confidence ties directly back to a key aspect of the Special Olympics Athlete Oath: Let me win but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt
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A team of Special Olympics athletes in Argentina are the leaders of a new digital magazine.
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When Jad was born in Thailand and diagnosed with Down syndrome, his mother was overcome with sadness and disappointment.
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World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated around the world on 2 April and designated by the United Nations to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.
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There’s a “sweet” business booming in Detroit these days.
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Tania Wright was looking for activities to do with her best friend, Kimberly Henry, when she stumbled upon Special Olympics.
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Jennifer Wardlow loved collecting pins at the 1995 Special Olympics World Games in New Haven, Connecticut. A staple of major Special Olympics competitions, the pins are designed to represent the athletes’ states and/or countries.
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Over 5.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities participate in Special Olympics programs around the world, and the number of nations with at least one Special Olympics chapter is constantly growing.
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Kayla Cornell is the head chef in her cooking class for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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Special Olympics Canada athlete Michael Bandler, a four-time SO World Games medalist, has a passion for the culinary arts and uses his skills in the kitchen to help him train.
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For many years, there have been human-rights violations—plus inadequate care and support—that deeply affected the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in Ghana.
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