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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.
Special Olympics swimming athlete standing with her hands up celebrating wearing a black swim suite, goggles, cap, and her medal; she is standing in front of Special Olympics signage.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Special Olympics Healthy Communities promoting awareness.
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Participants from the Africa Region and Special Olympics International representatives pose for a group photo. Special Olympics 50th anniversary banners stand on either side of the groups back row.
Youth from SO Africa Programs came together to exchange informative and creative strategies on how to increase youth engagement and involvement in Special Olympics at the very first Youth Activation Conference.
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Think College blue and green logo that reads: Think College: Changing expectations. Increasing opportunities.
For many years, students with intellectual disability did not get the chance to go to college. They left high school, often remaining unemployed and socially isolated.
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James Pierce before and after emergency dental care.
James Pierce, a 42 year old Special Olympics athlete from Kentucky with Down syndrome, was recently referred to the Henry Hood medical center for care.
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Group of Special Olympics family, friends, unified athletes, and athletes standing in a semi circle and looking up for a photo. Everyone is wearing a red short sleeve Special Olympics t-shirt.
Participants at the Special Olympics Africa Sibling and Family Workshop speak about the important role siblings play.
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Runners in yellow reflective vests run besides law enforcement officers down a road in a rural setting.
To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Special Olympics, Special Olympics Mongolia held the first Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 30, 2018.
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Attendees of the Special Olympics Family Forum in Xi'An, China are in a group, six males and females in the front row and six in the back row, the back row is making a heart shape with the their hands and arms above their head with the person next to them. A young man in the front is holding a poster with notes and a drawing of two hands inside a heart.
Special Olympics (SO) Family Forum was successfully held in Xi'an, China, between July 10th – 12th, 2018.
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FWD group representatives and Special Olympics Hong Kong representatives pose around a large gold colored medallion in front of a back drop sponsored by FWD and Special Olympics Hong Kong that reads: FWD X Special Olympics Hong Kong Partnership Kick-off Ceremony
FWD Group (“FWD”) and Special Olympics Hong Kong (SOHK) join hands for a long-term partnership to support young people with intellectual disabilities.
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Chicago Cubs Pitcher, Kyle Hendricks, stands with athletes and two Celebrity Sweat celebrities after participating in Yoga. Athletes are in shorts and a red shirt that reads Keep Calm and Live Unified and some of the athletes have medals around their necks. Kyle in all blue and white tights has a medal around his neck.
SO athlete Daniel Smrokowski, Chicago Cubs Kyle Hendricks and his wife Emma Hendricks shared their motivations and daily routines.
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Two SO Fit coaches in red shirts and black athletic bottoms, standing above athletes that are laying on the floor that are performing chest presses with light weights.
It is well documented that people with intellectual disabilities are less active than the general population.
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Two young men, Jeroen Cauven and Jamel El Aouni sit across from one another at a table discussing dating tips at the First Aid for Dating station that was additionally offered at the Healthy Athletes venue during the Special Olympics Netherlands National Games. A young female listens in and three individuals sit int he background having a separate conversation.
During the Special Olympics (SO) Netherlands National Games, athletes had the opportunity to learn more about sexual health and dating.
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More than 100 youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities are the inaugural recipients of Special Olympics Youth Innovation grants.
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