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Every day, our athletes inspire people everywhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Learn more about the power Special Olympics has to make real change all around the world.
Tanner standing in a field looking off into the distance.
When Tanner first joined Special Olympics Unified Sports® at Fife High School, his perceptions of what it would be were wrong. But so were Fife’s perceptions of Tanner.
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Athlete trying on ski glasses as a volunteer shows him his reflection in a handheld mirror.
As local students made their way to lectures, athletes competing in the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020 participated in free health screenings through the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes programme.
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Kansas City Chiefs' head coach speaking at a press conference.
Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid shared a message for all of the Special Olympics athletes ahead of the “Big Game.”
Pan Africa Games Egypt 2020 logo surrounded by the descriptions about the image.
The first ever Special Olympics Pan African Games will take place in Cairo, 23-31 January, 2020 under the auspices of HE Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the Egyptian President.
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This was a big year for Special Olympics. From high-level competitions and high-profile partnerships to the expansion of Unified Sports and Athlete Leadership, the power of inclusion was on full display.
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Special Olympics holiday card with two doves on either side of an illustration of the earth and it read: Happy Holidays 2019
U2 “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” written and recorded for A Very Special Christmas 30th Anniversary Album.
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Man and woman shaking hands on stange in front of a Special Olympics presentation.
Special Olympics and Soccerex signed a global partnership agreement during SoccerexUSA 2019 in Miami, Florida.
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Lize sitting behind the FOX sports news desk with her hands on her hips and smiling.
It’s not every day at work that you hear from a gold-medallist who commands crowds of 64,000 people—no wonder the staff of FOX Sports Netherlands were so inspired by Special Olympics Netherlands Athlete Leader, Lize Weerdenburg!
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Woman from Special Olympics Haiti competes in race at the 2019 World Games.
A Very Special Christmas Helps Send 104 Athletes to the 2019 World Games
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A group of men and women in professional clothing hold a red soccer ball in a gymnasium.
On 21 October 2019, Nazareth College, Special Olympics New York, and the Golisano Foundation announced the grand opening of the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College—the first of its kind collaboration on inclusion, fitness, and wellness for athletes of all abilities.
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A young girl is washing her hands from a  water jug and young children are around watching her.
As the world rallies around Global Handwashing Day, it is important to bring awareness to those who face barriers and challenges around hygiene and handwashing.
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Loretta stands at a podium and smiles at the crowd.
“I developed an anger inside of myself. But my saving grace was this thing that I wanted to be an athlete. And there was this thing called “Special Olympics.” With these words, Loretta Claiborne summarized what had made all the difference in her life.
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