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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.
Max Carver smiling in front of the Warren High School trophy cabinet
Desperate Housewives star Max Carver and Warren High School's Diego Salazar break down some lines from some of the biggest hit movies.
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Max interviewing Diego and Iantha in a corridor at Warren high school.
Warren High School was honored as an ESPN Top 5 Unified Champion School in February of 2019. A Special Olympics Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition has met the 10 standards of excellence in the areas of Special Olympics Unified Sports®, Inclusive Youth Leadership, Whole School Engagement, and Program Sustainability. Recently, Warren students Iantha Khan and Diego Salazar hosted actor Max Carver at Warren and explained what going to a Unified Champion School in the US is all about.
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Two presenters on stage speaking to an audience with America football and Special Olympics materials displayed on the stage.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania hosted a “Cities of Inclusion” Summit to create a vision for Philadelphia as an inclusive city. 
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A group of 6 young adults and Rowan and EPSN representatives stand under a Rowan University Unified Champion Schools banner in a gymnasium.
Rowan University was recognized as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®. Rowan was the first in New Jersey and one of the original collegiate programs in the country to embrace togetherness in sports and education.
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A group of three scouts are standing at a table signing the Inclusion Pledge.
From 23 July – 26 July, Special Olympics had the opportunity to attend the 24th Annual World Scout Jamboree, hosted by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mt. Hope, West Virginia.
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Athlete is receiving an ear exam and having his hearing aids put on by a volunteer as a medical professional observes.
Special Olympics and Starkey Hearing Foundation Partnership Brings the Gift of Hearing to World Games Athletes.
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Group of students and faculty standing in two rows in the gymnasium next to Unified Champion School signage.
Kenmore Middle School was recognized on April 12th, as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion School, becoming the first middle school to receive the honor for embracing togetherness.
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Special Olympics Great Britain athletes play Unified basketball
Hasbro has been a partner of Special Olympics and the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® program since 2016, supporting the expansion of inclusive school programming in the United States (Washington, Rhode Island, Florida, California) and globally (Canada, India, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia).
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a man with examination gloves on is performing a test while athletes and other individuals watch under an outdoor tent.
How important is it to get a second opinion? Ask any of the athletes who have received a health screening from Special Olympics. To date, Special Olympics has conducted more than 2.3 million throughout the world.
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Athlete student photos hanging from a banner along the balcony of a school gym next to a unified champion school banner.
Brighton High school in Brighton, Michigan was recognized on October 19th as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® in the country. Brighton students play together in the sports of flag football, basketball, and bocce.
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School representatives and unified teams standing by a national unified champion school banner.
Warren High school in Downey, California was recognized on February 12th as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School by meeting 10 standards of excellence that fall in four pillars: Special Olympics Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, Whole School Engagement, and Program Sustainability.
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Two women, one girl and two men stand in front of a Special Olympics banner in a garden setting. The man is holding a red microphone.
Every day of the year, fathers support, encourage and comfort us both on and off the pitch. That’s why Special Olympics and UNICEF Bulgaria joined forces recently to celebrate and reflect on the special role that fathers play.
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