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Impact Lead
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.
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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Margot holding Hannah at the playground.
As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we take a look inside the life of Margot and her daughter Hannah.
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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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Max Cerver and Greg Kozlowski in an office. Greg is pointing at something off camera.
Teen Wolf star Max Carver visits Special Olympics athletes and employees in Southern California headquarters Long Beach, California.
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A team of unified Russian football players
Shuya, Russia—Special Olympics Russia hosted an All-Russian Youth Football and Unified Football Tournament with more than 100 participants—with and without intellectual disabilities—representing six regions of the Russian Federation.
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A male athlete has his teeth cleaned by a dental technician. He is listening to music on his headphones.
Millions of Americans are without access to basic dental care. Moreover, an alarming percentage of people with disabilities are unaware of the condition of their oral health.
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A group of four swimmers in with their arms around one another smiling for a group photo.
You know how important it is to #ChooseToInclude! Show off your skills and put your knowledge to the test in this Special Olympics Inclusion Quiz!
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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Joe Haden Finds Inspiration at World Games
Joe Haden, cornerback for the Pittsburg Steelers, had a blast taking part at the Unified Flag Football Clinic at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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One adult and a group of young kids in a circle hugging one another wearing Special Olympics El Salvador neon jerseys.
Special Olympics believes that in order to create lasting attitudinal change across the world, the focus must begin on today’s youth.
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Two students working on an assignment at a desk.
Three Component Model is Proven to Create Positive School Climates
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