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At age 20, Magnus Orri Arnarson is already a role model for people with intellectual disabilities—and without—in Iceland...and beyond.
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Special Olympics Advisor and advocate for Unified with Refugees programme, Gerald Mballe has been shortlisted for the Integration of Refugees Through Sport Award (IRTS) Role Model Award.
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Special Olympics athlete Oana Rotar has been breaking employment barriers in Romania: she is the first woman with Down syndrome employed in the national government’s public administration.
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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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Special Olympics Georgia athlete Lani DeMello continues to achieve incredible things in athletics and coaching gymnastics.
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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.
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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.
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Special Olympics athletes are known for their athleticism, determination, and all-around inclusion. However, their skills go way beyond the fields and into places like kitchens!
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Winning Gold at the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
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Special Olympics Gibraltar athlete Francis Mauro has courageously volunteered to continue working as a Messenger on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis at a hospital in Gibraltar.
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Last February, a group of basketball players from Special Olympics Lithuania had a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience—they participated in workshops at the top basketball club in the country, Zalgiris Kaunas!
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In finding inclusion, Micheline also found confidence and independence.